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

 cir·cus /ˈsɝkəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cir·cus n.; pl. Circuses
 1. Roman Antiq. A level oblong space surrounded on three sides by seats of wood, earth, or stone, rising in tiers one above another, and divided lengthwise through the middle by a barrier around which the track or course was laid out. It was used for chariot races, games, and public shows.
 Note:The Circus Maximus at Rome could contain more than 100,000 spectators.
 2. A circular inclosure for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship, acrobatic displays, etc. Also, the company of performers, with their equipage.
 3. Circuit; space; inclosure. [R.]
    The narrow circus of my dungeon wall.   --Byron.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a travelling company of entertainers; including trained
           animals; "he ran away from home to join the circus"
      2: performance given by a traveling company of acrobats clowns
         and trained animals; "the children always love to go to
         the circus"
      3: a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance
         suggestive of a circus or carnival; "it was so funny it
         was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival
         atmosphere" [syn: carnival]
      4: (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and
         gladiatorial games
      5: an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by
         tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent; "they used
         the elephants to help put up the circus"
      6: a genus of haws comprising the harriers [syn: genus Circus]