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Definition: Globular sailing
, a. [Cf. F. globulaire.]
Globe-shaped; having the form of a ball or sphere; spherical,
or nearly so; as, globular atoms. --Milton.
, a chart of the earth's surface constructed
on the principles of the globular projection.
(Map Projection), a perspective
projection of the surface of a hemisphere upon a plane
parallel to the base of the hemisphere, the point of sight
being taken in the axis produced beyond the surface of the
opposite hemisphere a distance equal to the radius of the
sphere into the sine of 45[deg].
, sailing on the arc of a great circle, or
so as to make the shortest distance between two places;
, a. [L. circularis, fr. circulus circle:
cf. F. circulaire. See Circle
1. In the form of, or bounded by, a circle; round.
2. repeating itself; ending in itself; reverting to the point
of beginning; hence, illogical; inconclusive; as, circular
3. Adhering to a fixed circle of legends; cyclic; hence,
mean; inferior. See Cyclic poets
, under Cyclic
Had Virgil been a circular poet, and closely adhered
to history, how could the Romans have had Dido?
4. Addressed to a circle, or to a number of persons having a
common interest; circulated, or intended for circulation;
as, a circular letter.
A proclamation of Henry III., . . . doubtless
circular throughout England. --Hallam.
5. Perfect; complete. [Obs.]
A man so absolute and circular
In all those wished-for rarities that may take
A virgin captive. --Massinger.
, any portion of the circumference of a circle.
(Math.), curves of the third order which
are imagined to pass through the two circular points at
. (Math.) See under Function
, mathematical instruments employed for
measuring angles, in which the graduation extends round
the whole circumference of a circle, or 360[deg].
, straight lines pertaining to the circle, as
sines, tangents, secants, etc.
Circular note or Circular letter
(a) (Com.) See under Credit
(b) (Diplomacy) A letter addressed in identical terms to a
number of persons.
(Arith.), those whose powers terminate in
the same digits as the roots themselves; as 5 and 6, whose
squares are 25 and 36. --Bailey. --Barlow.
Circular points at infinity
(Geom.), two imaginary points
at infinite distance through which every circle in the
plane is, in the theory of curves, imagined to pass.
. (Min.) See under Polarization
or Globular sailing
(Naut.), the method
of sailing by the arc of a great circle.
. See under Saw