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 for circuit
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Circuit \Cir"cuit\, n. [F. circuit, fr. L. circuitus, fr.
     circuire or circumire to go around; circum around + ire to
     1. The act of moving or revolving around, or as in a circle
        or orbit; a revolution; as, the periodical circuit of the
        earth round the sun. --Watts.
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     2. The circumference of, or distance round, any space; the
        measure of a line round an area.
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              The circuit or compass of Ireland is 1,800 miles.
                                                    --J. Stow.
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     3. That which encircles anything, as a ring or crown.
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              The golden circuit on my head.        --Shak.
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     4. The space inclosed within a circle, or within limits.
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              A circuit wide inclosed with goodliest trees.
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     5. A regular or appointed journeying from place to place in
        the exercise of one's calling, as of a judge, or a
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        (a) (Law) A certain division of a state or country,
            established by law for a judge or judges to visit, for
            the administration of justice. --Bouvier.
        (b) (Methodist Church) A district in which an itinerant
            preacher labors.
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     7. Circumlocution. [Obs.] "Thou hast used no circuit of
        words." --Huloet.
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     Circuit court (Law), a court which sits successively in
        different places in its circuit (see Circuit, 6). In the
        United States, the federal circuit courts are commonly
        presided over by a judge of the supreme court, or a
        special circuit judge, together with the judge of the
        district court. They have jurisdiction within statutory
        limits, both in law and equity, in matters of federal
        cognizance. Some of the individual States also have
        circuit courts, which have general statutory jurisdiction
        of the same class, in matters of State cognizance.
     Circuit of action or Circuity of action (Law), a longer
        course of proceedings than is necessary to attain the
        object in view.
     To make a circuit, to go around; to go a roundabout way.
     Voltaic circle or Galvanic circle or Voltaic circuit or
     Galvanic circuit, a continous electrical communication
        between the two poles of a battery; an arrangement of
        voltaic elements or couples with proper conductors, by
        which a continuous current of electricity is established.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Circuit \Cir"cuit\, v. i.
     To move in a circle; to go round; to circulate. [Obs.] --J.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Circuit \Cir"cuit\, v. t.
     To travel around. [Obs.] "Having circuited the air." --T.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an electrical device that provides a path for electrical
           current to flow [syn: circuit, electrical circuit,
           electric circuit]
      2: a journey or route all the way around a particular place or
         area; "they took an extended tour of Europe"; "we took a
         quick circuit of the park"; "a ten-day coach circuit of the
         island" [syn: tour, circuit]
      3: an established itinerary of venues or events that a
         particular group of people travel to; "she's a familiar name
         on the club circuit"; "on the lecture circuit"; "the judge
         makes a circuit of the courts in his district"; "the
         international tennis circuit"
      4: the boundary line encompassing an area or object; "he had
         walked the full circumference of his land"; "a danger to all
         races over the whole circumference of the globe" [syn:
         circumference, circuit]
      5: (law) a judicial division of a state or the United States
         (so-called because originally judges traveled and held court
         in different locations); one of the twelve groups of states
         in the United States that is covered by a particular circuit
         court of appeals
      6: a racetrack for automobile races [syn: racing circuit,
      7: movement once around a course; "he drove an extra lap just
         for insurance" [syn: lap, circle, circuit]
      v 1: make a circuit; "They were circuiting about the state"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  238 Moby Thesaurus words for "circuit":
     O, air lane, alentours, ambages, ambience, ambit,
     amplifier circuit, annular muscle, annulus, arena, areola, arsis,
     association, astable circuit, aureole,
     back-to-back switching circuit, bailiwick, beat, booking, border,
     borderland, borderlands, borscht circuit, bound, boundary, bout,
     break, broken circuit, bypass, campaign, chaplet, circle,
     circuital field, circuiteer, circuitry, circulate, circulation,
     circumambiencies, circumambulate, circumbendibus, circumference,
     circumjacencies, circummigrate, circumnavigate, circumstances,
     circumvent, circumvolution, circus, close the circle,
     closed circle, closed circuit, coast-to-coast hookup,
     come full circle, compass, complete circuit, conference, confines,
     context, corona, coronet, coupling circuit, course, crown, cycle,
     date, dead circuit, demesne, department, describe a circle, detour,
     deviation, diadem, diastole, digression, discus, disk, domain,
     dominion, downbeat, edge, encircle, encompass, engagement,
     entourage, environing circumstances, environment, environs,
     equivalent circuit, eternal return, excursion, expedition,
     fairy ring, field, flank, flight path, flip-flop circuit,
     full circle, galvanic circuit, garland, gestalt, girdle,
     girdle the globe, girth, glory, go about, go around, go round,
     go the round, grand tour, gyration, gyre, habitat, halo,
     hemisphere, hookup, hot circuit, itinerary, jaunt, journey,
     judicial circuit, junket, jurisdiction, lap, lasso,
     lateral circuit, leg, limit, line, live circuit, logical circle,
     loop, looplet, magic circle, magnetic circuit, make a circuit,
     march, margin, microcircuit, milieu, monostable circuit,
     multiple circuit, multiple series, neighborhood, net, network,
     nonsinusoidal circuit, noose, orb, orbit, outing, outline,
     outposts, outskirts, package tour, pale, path, peregrination,
     perimeter, periphery, pilgrimage, playing engagement,
     pleasure trip, precinct, precincts, primrose path, printed circuit,
     progress, province, pulse, purlieus, radio links, radius, realm,
     rectifier circuit, revolution, revolve, ring, road, rondelle,
     rotation, round, round trip, roundabout, roundabout way, roundel,
     rounds, route, rubberneck tour, run, safari, sally, saucer,
     sea lane, semiconductor circuit, series, series multiple, shoot,
     short, short circuit, shortcut, situation, skirt, spell, sphere,
     sphincter, spiral, stalk, stand, suburbs, surround, surroundings,
     systole, thermionic tube circuit, thesis, total environment, tour,
     track, trade route, traject, trajectory, trajet,
     transistor circuit, travels, trek, trip, turn, upbeat,
     vaudeville circuit, vector field, vicinage, vicinity,
     vicious circle, voyage, walk, way, wheel, whirl, wreath

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1.  A communications path in a circuit
     switching network.
     2.  A complete path through which an electric
     current can flow.
     The term is used loosely for any device or subsystem using
     electrical or electronic components.  E.g. "That lightning
     bolt fried the circuits in my GPS receiver".  An integrated
     circuit (IC) contains components built on a Silicon die.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     the apparent diurnal revolution of the sun round the earth (Ps.
     19:6), and the changes of the wind (Eccl. 1:6). In Job 22:14,
     "in the circuit of heaven" (R.V. marg., "on the vault of
     heaven") means the "arch of heaven," which seems to be bent over
     our heads.

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