Pronunciation: (sûr"kum-skrip'shun), [key]
1. an act or instance of circumscribing.
2. circumscribed state; limitation.
3. anything that circumscribes, surrounds, or encloses; boundary.
4. periphery; outline.
5. a circumscribed area.
6. a circular inscription on a coin, seal, etc.
7. limitation of a meaning; definition.
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