Circumscribe

Definition of Circumscribe

Cir`cum`scribe´
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Circumscribed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Circumscribing.]
1.to write or engrave around.
Thereon is circumscribed this epitaph.
- Ashmole.
2.To inclose within a certain limit; to hem in; to surround; to bound; to confine; to restrain.
To circumscribe royal power.
- Bancroft.
3.(Geom.) To draw a line around so as to touch at certain points without cutting. See Inscribe, 5.

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