Definition of “circumference” - English Dictionary


“circumference” in English

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circumferencenoun [ C or U ]

uk /səˈkʌm.fər.əns/ us /sɚˈkʌm.fɚ.əns/

(Definition of “circumference” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“circumference” in American English

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circumferencenoun [ C/U ]

us /sərˈkəm·fər·əns/

geometry the distance around a circle:

[ U ] Draw a circle 5 inches in circumference.

A circumference is also the distance around the widest part of a round object, or a line enclosing a circular space.

The circumference of an area of any size or shape is its complete outside edge:

[ C ] We walked the circumference of the field so we wouldn’t interrupt the game.

(Definition of “circumference” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)