from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To draw a line around; encircle.
- transitive v. To limit narrowly; restrict.
- transitive v. To determine the limits of; define. See Synonyms at limit.
- transitive v. To enclose (a polygon or polyhedron) within a configuration of lines, curves, or surfaces so that every vertex of the enclosed object is incident on the enclosing configuration.
- transitive v. To erect (such a configuration) around a polygon or polyhedron: circumscribe a circle around a square.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To draw a line around; to encircle.
- v. To limit narrowly; to restrict.
- v. To draw the smallest circle or higher-dimensional sphere that has (a polyhedron, polygon, etc.) in its interior.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to write or engrave around.
- transitive v. To inclose within a certain limit; to hem in; to surround; to bound; to confine; to restrain.
- transitive v. To draw a line around so as to touch at certain points without cutting. See Inscribe, 5.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To write or inscribe around.
- To mark out certain bounds or limits for; inclose within certain limits; limit; bound; confine; restrain.
- In geometry, to draw around so as to touch at as many points as possible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. restrict or confine,
- v. to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
- v. draw a line around
Middle English circumscriben, from Latin circumscrībere : circum-, circum- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin circumscrībō, from circum ("around") + scrībō ("write"). (Wiktionary)