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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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The small circle round about him believed that the equal of the boy did not exist upon the earth.
He was settled in Paris, and living there quietly in a small circle of English and French friends.
Start with your smoothest skin: Snag a scrub *and* exfoliating gloves, then gently buff in small circles * Store your razor *out* of the shower--it'll keep the blades in better shape * Nick your knee?
Quilt small circles and semi-circles along the straight edges of the D patches as shown.
3 Mix the Cathedral City Extra Mature Cheddar with the flour and spoon small circles of the mixture onto the paper, each one about 5cm wide and just 2mm deep - it should be possible to fit 12 on to an average baking sheet.
With right sides together, insert each sleeve into each tunic armscye, matching notches and beginning and ending at the small circles; pin.
Either cut the smallest circles you can from a basil leaf or finely chop the leaves and scrunch into small circles. Place one at the centre of each mozzarella ball.
Brush in small circles. Brushing horizontally across your teeth can damage your gumline.
Cut three small circles of ready rolled puff pastry and place on a baking sheet.
Work your way up and down each one all the while making small circles with your fingers.
In bygone years, it is highly possible incidents like this would never have been widely known outside small circles in the sport.
Top Tip: Moving the sander in small circles will help to create a smooth finish.