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.
I got out several cords of stumps in plowing, which supplied me with fuel for a long time, and left small circles of virgin mould, easily distinguishable through the summer by the greater luxuriance of the beans there.
'I have a very small circle of friends, and [I] simply do what makes me happy!'
Gavin Cowan "I have a very, very small circle of people I liaise with and listen to but I am my own man and make my own decisions.
Put a small circle of bread in the bottom of each dish and layer the strips at the edge so they're overlapping, completely covering the pot.
"All of us, sa Star Magic, sa Home Sweetie,' amongfriends, you know, we are in a small circle. We talked about it, we miss the guy," Piolo said.
Moshiach!" 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. Sprinkle seeds on the circle and press them down into the pulp so they won't pop off the surface when the rounds dry.
With right sides together, stitch the center-back seam from the upper edge to the small circle. Press open the seam, and then press the remaining centerback seam allowances 1" toward the wrong side.