Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Then we circled about until an old track was found and went on again.

But the talk, however it circled, had a way of returning to Marcia.

Back he circled, across the drive to the other lawn, and again she headed him off.

Quickly, Parkinson circled it—and stopped short in surprise.

Venex scanned them with his eyes, stopping at one circled in red.

High above the channel, the ships of his flight tucked in and circled.

They circled, taking a good look at this new type of fighter.

They circled round as though assuring themselves that all was as they could wish it.

Almost— His mind shied away from the word, and circled back.

It circled the canoe three times, and tired out very slowly.


c.1300, "figure of a circle," from Old French cercle "circle, ring (for the finger); hoop of a helmet or barrel" (12c.), from Latin circulus "circular figure; small ring, hoop; circular orbit" (also source of Italian cerchio), diminutive of circus "ring" (see circus).

Replaced Old English trendel and hring. Late Old English used circul, from Latin, but only in an astronomical sense. Meaning "group of persons surrounding a center of interest" is from 1714 (it also was a secondary sense of Latin circulus); that of "coterie" is from 1640s (a sense also found in Latin circulus). To come full circle is in Shakespeare.