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noun 
  1. The act of moving or revolving around, or as in a circle or orbit; a revolution; as, the periodical circuit of the earth around the sun.
  2. The circumference of, or distance around, any space; the measure of a line around an area.
The circuit or compass of Ireland is 1,800 miles. J. Stow.
  1. That which encircles anything, as a ring or crown.
Quotations
  • 1590, And this fell tempest shall not cease to rage Until the golden circuit on my head, Like to the glorious sun's transparent beams, Do calm the fury of this mad-bred flaw. — William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act III, Scene I, line 351.
    1. The space enclosed within a circle, or within limits.
Quotations
  • 1592, "Fondling," she saith, "since I have ehm, hemm'd thee here Within the circuit of this ivory pale, I'll be a park, and thou shalt be my deer: Feed where thou wilt, on mountain, or in dale; Graze on my lips; and if those hills be dry, Stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie. — William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis, Stanza 39, line 229.
  • A wide enclosed with goodliest trees.
    1. A regular or appointed journeying from place to place in the exercise of one's calling, as of a judge, or a preacher.
    2. A certain division of a state or country, established by law for a judge or judges to visit, for the administration of justice.
    3. (Methodist Church) A district in which an itinerant preacher labors.
    4. By analogy to the proceeding three, a set of theaters among which the same acts circulate; especially common in the heyday of vaudeville.
    5. (obsolete) Circumlocution.
  • verb 
    1. (context, intransitive, obsolete) To move in a circle; to go round; to circulate.
    2. (obsolete) To travel around.
    Having circuited the air.

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