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circumscribed

[′sər·kəm‚skrībd]
(mathematics)
A closed curve (or surface) is circumscribed about a polygon (or polyhedron) if every vertex of the polygon (or polyhedron) is incident upon the curve (or surface) and the polygon (or polyhedron) is contained in the curve (or surface).
A polygon (or polyhedron) is circumscribed about a closed curve (or surface) if every side of the polygon (or face of the polyhedron) is tangent to the curve (or surface) and the curve (or surface) is contained within the polygon (or polyhedron).
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Part I, entitled "Contexts", is thematic rather than chronological in approach, and explores the entire range of external circumstances that circumscribed the creation and use of Venetian altarpieces throughout the period.
Ross argues for the social construction of motherhood whereby the exigencies of poverty circumscribed the mothers' activities and their emotional attachment to their children.
It is characterized by a recurrent, circumscribed, nonpitting, subepithelial edema involving any part of the body.
The timing of the Tate show seems to have misfired - the gallery was virtually empty on my last visit - leaving Kossoff dangling between an honorable, circumscribed past and an uncertain future.
These limitations might not have precluded a solid, if circumscribed, study, but other, more serious problems severely reduce the usefulness of this book.
He shows how the power held by trustees and college presidents greatly circumscribed the professor's dominion.
They are unencapsulated but frequently well circumscribed; this appearance is misleading because these lesions have an insidiously infiltrative growth pattern.
Focusing on the city of Florence in the period from 1260-70 to the 1390s, Gehl seeks to understand that small and well circumscribed world of pre-university scholars (students and teachers) who studied Latin (grammatica).
In her own zeal to discredit the work of "overindulgent" feminists, she creates a kind of self-indulgent argument circumscribed by her own limited experience within the hermetic world of the Ivy League campus.
However circumscribed the explanatory argument, Royster's character portraits of Jackson and Sherman and descriptions of the Civil War's unbelievable wastage in lives and property represent compelling, thought-provoking reading regarding the perils of resorting to war as an instrument of social/political change.
Jeanneret associates this development with the rise of Neo-Platonism and evangelism, both of which emphasize the mystery of a supreme being that cannot be circumscribed by logic or dogma.
Applebroog offered no easy resolution of the various elements of her disquieting installation, but the piece suggested that global, local, and domestic phenomena, which originate in ostensibly circumscribed settings, are all potentially subject to the abuses of power.