circuit (plural circuits)
- 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.
- The circumference of, or distance around, any space; the measure of a line around an area.
- That which encircles anything, as a ring or crown.
1590, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act III, Scene I, line 351:
- 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.
- The space enclosed within a circle, or within limits.
1592, William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis, Stanza 39, line 229:
- "Fondling," she saith, "since I have 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.
1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost:
- A circuit wide enclosed with goodliest trees.
- (electricity) Enclosed path of an electric current, usually designed for a certain function.
- A regular or appointed journeying from place to place in the exercise of one's calling, as of a judge, or a preacher.
- (law) A certain division of a state or country, established by law for a judge or judges to visit, for the administration of justice.
- (law) Abbreviation of circuit court.
- (Methodist Church) A district in which an itinerant preacher labors.
- By analogy to the proceeding three, a set of theaters among which the same acts circulate; especially common in the heyday of vaudeville.
- (obsolete) circumlocution
- Thou hast used no circuit of words.
- circuit board
- circuit breaker
- circuit court
- Galvanic circuit
- integrated circuit
- printed circuit
- short circuit
- Voltaic circuit
act of moving around
circumference of any space
that which encircles
space enclosed within a circle
enclosed path of electric current
regular or appointed journeying
legal: division of a state or country
circuit court — see circuit court
Methodist Church: district in which an itinerant preacher labors
set of theaters
circumlocution — see circumlocution
- (intransitive, obsolete) To move in a circle; to go round; to circulate.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of J. Philips to this entry?)
- (obsolete) To travel around.
- Having circuited the air.
- (sports) racetrack
- (physics) electric circuit
- (figuratively) exclusive group of individuals, clique, circle
- (race track) racebaan
- (electricity) elektrisch circuit, elektrisch netwerk
- (group of people) kliek, kring
circuit m (plural circuits)
- “circuit” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
circuit n (plural circuite)
declension of circuit