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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cir·cum·scribe /ˈsɝkṃˌskraɪb/
 (vt.)在…周圍畫線,限制

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cir·cum·scribe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circumscribed p. pr. & vb. n. Circumscribing.]
 1. to write or engrave around. [R.]
    Thereon is circumscribed this epitaph.   --Ashmole.
 2. To inclose within a certain limit; to hem in; to surround; to bound; to confine; to restrain.
    To circumscribe royal power.   --Bancroft.
 3. Geom. To draw a line around so as to touch at certain points without cutting. See Inscribe, 5.
 Syn: -- To bound; limit; restrict; confine; abridge; restrain; environ; encircle; inclose; encompass.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 circumscribe
      v 1: draw a line around; "He drew a circle around the points"
      2: restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a
         day" [syn: limit, confine]
      3: to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the
         two are in contact but do not intersect