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.
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Using scissors, cut off the neck of the balloon, so that you can see a small circle of rice inside.
The Scientific Research center Unit 450," the report said is the unit responsible for preparing chemical ammunition, adding that such unit receives orders only from Al-Assad and small circle around him.
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and Middle Eastern officials now believe that Assad is nearly as invisible within the shrinking world of his presidency, restricting contacts to a small circle of family members and trusted advisers, the Washington Post reports.
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A small circle at the heart of the painting stands as the exception.
For example, when a red light is presented on the center response key, choice of the large circle, not the small circle, is correct, whereas when a green light is presented on the center key, choice of the small circle, not the large circle, is correct.
Hamburg-based eminent professor Reimarus was a scholar of the classics, philosophy and Judaism; unbeknownst to all but a small circle, he was also a harsh critic of the Bible--his writings in that vein published only posthumously and in fragments, and yet to be served by a critical edition even today.
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He said he was a heavy user himself, set up the systems to ensure a continuous supply, and would only supply to a small circle of friends who were already users.
Kamolova pointed out that the visit of the Bulgarian President has been largely publicized in Uzbekistan, but a very small circle of individuals knew about Parvanov's activities outside the official agenda.
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