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  • Of, or related to a circle
  • in the shape of, or moving in a circle
  • circuitous or roundabout
  • defining one word in terms of another that is itself defined in terms of the first word
  • distributed to a large number of persons
  • A printed advertisement, directive, or notice intended for mass distribution; a flyer
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Cir"cu*lar (?), a. [L. circularis, fr. circulus circle: cf. F. circulaire. See Circle.]

1. In the form of, or bounded by, a circle; round.

2. repeating itself; ending in itself; reverting to the point of beginning; hence, illogical; inconclusive; as, circular reasoning.

3. Adhering to a fixed circle of legends; cyclic; hence, mean; inferior. See Cyclic poets, under Cyclic.

Had Virgil been a circular poet, and closely adhered to history, how could the Romans have had Dido?

4. Addressed to a circle, or to a number of persons having a common interest; circulated, or intended for circulation; as, a circular letter.

A proclamation of Henry III., . . . doubtless circular throughout England.

5. Perfect; complete. [Obs.]

A man so absolute and circular
In all those wished-for rarities that may take
A virgin captive.

Circular are, any portion of the circumference of a circle. -- Circular cubics(Math.), curves of the third order which are imagined to pass through the two circular points at infinity. -- Circular functions. (Math.)See under Function. -- Circular instruments, mathematical instruments employed for measuring angles, in which the graduation extends round the whole circumference of a circle, or 360°. -- Circular lines, straight lines pertaining to the circle, as sines, tangents, secants, etc. -- Circularnote or letter. (a)(Com.)See under Credit.(b)(Diplomacy)A letter addressed in identical terms to a number of persons. -- Circular numbers(Arith.), those whose powers terminate in the same digits as the roots themselves; as 5 and 6, whose squares are 25 and 36.Bailey.Barlow. -- Circular points at infinity(Geom.), two imaginary points at infinite distance through which every circle in the plane is, in the theory of curves, imagined to pass. -- Circular polarization. (Min.)See under Polarization. -- Circular or Globularsailing(Naut.), the method of sailing by the arc of a great circle. -- Circular saw. See under Saw.

Cir"cu*lar, n. [Cf. (for sense 1) F. circulaire, lettre circulaire. See Circular, a.]

1. A circular letter, or paper, usually printed, copies of which are addressed or given to various persons; as, a business circular.

2. A sleeveless cloak, cut in circular form.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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