Cir`cum*scribe" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circumscribed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Circumscribing.] [L. circumscribere, -scriptum; circum + scribere to write, draw. See Soribe.]

1.

to write or engare around.

[R.]

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 si as to touch at certain points without cutting. See Inscribe, 5.

Syn. -- To bound; limit; restrict; confine; abridge; restrain; environ; encircle; inclose; encompass.

 

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