Definition of circuit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkɪt//
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  1. 1a line, route or journey around a place The race ended with eight laps of a city centre circuit. The earth takes a year to make a circuit of (= go around) the sun.
  2. 2the complete path of wires and equipment along which an electric current flows an electrical circuit a circuit diagram (= one showing all the connections in the different parts of the circuit) see also integrated circuit, printed circuit, short circuit See related entries: Electronics
  3. 3(in sport) a series of games or matches in which the same players regularly take part the women’s tennis circuit
  4. 4a track for cars or motorcycles to race around
  5. 5a series of places or events of a particular kind at which the same people appear or take part the lecture/cabaret circuit see also closed-circuit television
  6. 6a regular journey made by a judge to hear court cases in each of the courts of law in a particular area a circuit court/judge More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  7. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin circuitus, from circuire, variant of circumire ‘go round’, from circum ‘around’ + ire ‘go’.Extra examples She’s a well-known figure on the international lecture circuit. Talent scouts spotted him playing on the amateur circuit. The lights were not working because of a short circuit. We did a complete circuit of the park in twenty minutes. Young’s film has hit the festival circuit in the US. Green Day moves into the lead as they turn into the straight on the first circuit. He announced his retirement from the professional circuit last year. Runners have to complete fifteen circuits of the two-mile circular course. This is her biggest triumph in nine years on the women’s tennis circuit.
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