small circle


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small circle

Any circle on the surface of a sphere that is not a great circle. It is the circular intersection on a sphere of any plane that does not pass through the center of the sphere.

small circle

[′smȯl ′sər·kəl]
(geodesy)
A circle on the surface of the earth, the plane of which does not pass through the earth's center.
(mathematics)
The intersection of a sphere with a plane that does not pass through the center of the sphere.
(navigation)
A planned or accomplished route of travel which is generated by the intersection of a sphere and a plane which does not pass through the center of the sphere.

small circle

A circle on the surface of the sphere (earth) whose plane does not pass through the center of the sphere. All parallels of latitude except the equator are small circles.
References in classic literature ?
The small circle round about him believed that the equal of the boy did not exist upon the earth.
Shaq and seemingly diminutive guests dance in a small circle, beaming.
Cut a small circle of baking parchment the same size as the top of each mould and place inside each one to stop the puddings sticking.
The vehicle features a 2-din audio system, along with a slightly bigger instrument cluster and a small circle to the right of the steering wheel, which could be a provision for a start-stop push-button.
I write these words thinking of her and also about friends in the small circle of people around her in her final monthspeople who took care of her, engaged her in conversation, read her latest work, knew that she was dying.
Working over a bowl, pour the paper slurry slowly onto the screen until it makes a small circle.
With right sides together, stitch the center-back seam from the upper edge to the small circle.
Ukrainian authorities accuse Mr Yanukovych of presiding over a culture of systematic corruption that enriched a small circle of relatives and close associates during his four years in power.
You will get a small circle, tapping on which will make it bigger and transform it into a Lollipop.
He comments that this situation allows a small circle of people in VMRO-DPMNE to establish complete control over the country and realize their personal interests.
Covenanters held their meetings in a small circle on the hills or in a barn.
The funding deal positions it in the small circle of startups that are valued at over USD1bn, Reuters explained.