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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin circumferentia, from circumferre 'to carry around', from circum- ( CIRCUM-) + ferre 'to carry'

circumference

noun
     
Related topics: Maths, Measurement
cir‧cum‧fer‧ence
[countable usually singular, uncountable]HM the distance or measurement around the outside of a circle or any round shape [↪ diameter, perimeter, radius]
circumference of
the circumference of the Earth
in circumference
The island is only nine miles in circumference.

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