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.
adj 1: subject to limits or subjected to limits [syn: limited]
2: showing or determining a boundary; "it is impossible to
specify a clearly circumscribed (or delimited) area for
any particular science" [syn: delimited]