Circumscribe Cir`cum*scribe", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circumscribed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circumscribing}.] [L. circumscribere, -scriptum; circum + scribere to write, draw. See {Soribe}.] [1913 Webster] 1. to write or engrave around. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Thereon is circumscribed this epitaph. --Ashmole. [1913 Webster]

2. To inclose within a certain limit; to hem in; to surround; to bound; to confine; to restrain. [1913 Webster]

To circumscribe royal power. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

3. (Geom.) To draw a line around so as to touch at certain points without cutting. See {Inscribe}, 5.

Syn: To bound; limit; restrict; confine; abridge; restrain; environ; encircle; inclose; encompass. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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