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(1)   Movement once around a course
"He drove an extra lap just for insurance"
(2)   A journey or route all the way around a particular place or area
"They took an extended tour of Europe"
"We took a quick circuit of the park"
"A ten-day coach circuit of the island"
(3)   An electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow
(4)   A racetrack for automobile races
(5)   (law) a judicial division of a state or the United States (so-called because originally judges traveled and held court in different locations); one of the twelve groups of states in the United States that is covered by a particular circuit court of appeals
(6)   An established itinerary of venues or events that a particular group of people travel to
"She's a familiar name on the club circuit"
"On the lecture circuit"
"The judge makes a circuit of the courts in his district"
"The international tennis circuit"


(7)   Make a circuit
"They were circuiting about the state"


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  1. The act of moving or revolving around, or as in a circle or orbit; a revolution; as, the periodical circuit of the earth around the sun.
  2. The circumference of, or distance around, any space; the measure of a line around an area.
    The circuit or compass of Ireland is 1,800 miles. John Stow.
  3. That which encircles anything, as a ring or crown.
  4. The space enclosed within a circle, or within limits.
  5. A regular or appointed journeying from place to place in the exercise of one's calling, as of a judge, or a preacher.
  6. A certain division of a state or country, established by law for a judge or judges to visit, for the administration of justice.
  7. (Methodist Church) A district in which an itinerant preacher labors.
  8. By analogy to the proceeding three, a set of theaters among which the same acts circulate; especially common in the heyday of vaudeville.
  9. Circumlocution.

Related terms


  1. To move in a circle; to go round; to circulate.
  2. To travel around.
    Having circuited the air.