One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or denoting circles, arcs, or other shapes which share the same centre, the larger often completely surrounding the smaller.‘concentric circles indicate distances of 1 km, 2 km, and 3 km from the centre’‘a universe consisting of concentric spheres or layers’‘the revolving circle is concentric with the fixed outer circle’
- ‘A fringe of short parallel lines ran around the edge, and then a pair of concentric circles nearer the centre.’
- ‘The Egyptian sand smooths behind him into vast concentric circles.’
- ‘For so long I have been taught the concentric circles of Rick Warren and the process of moving people from community to core.’
- ‘It is Quaranth's misfortune to be a town that lies on one of three concentric circles that surround the tower.’
- ‘The hill here offers a striking view of the drained lake of Montady, the fields laid out in concentric circles like a message from space.’
- ‘The fish and bugs make concentric circles on its surface that are beautiful.’
- ‘One that really caught my attention was of three concentric circles with a vertical line bisecting them.’
- ‘Excavations in the interior revealed traces of a circular wooden building represented by six concentric circles of postholes.’
- ‘More than a hundred young men organised in ten concentric circles around seven to nine young men and a woman from the Kefaya demonstration.’
- ‘One painting is dense with cell-like concentric circles of rust against a flat gold surface.’
- ‘The mat is charged with odd symbols and glyphs arranged in a circle between two concentric rings.’
- ‘The cultural context of a map might be compared to a pattern of concentric circles surrounding the map.’
- ‘You'll see the concentric circle in very many of the religious paintings, and also engravings further inland.’
- ‘The rebel leader also prays within concentric circles drawn in ash or pebbles and has a choir of young girls, some dressed as nuns, to sing his praises.’
- ‘The intricate figures that seem to dance in endless concentric circles and the white motifs in yellow and red are splendid.’
- ‘This chart consisted of a series of concentric circles with the interviewee located at the centre spot.’
- ‘Applause travelled in weird concentric circles around Soho Square with laughing and whistling and much moving about.’
- ‘Society had become a series of concentric circles drawn of thick, unbroken lines.’
- ‘The authors provide a model comprising four concentric circles to explain newspaper change.’
- ‘A series of concentric circles form the center of a beautifully symmetric pattern.’
Late Middle English: from Old French concentrique or medieval Latin concentricus, from con- ‘together’ + centrum ‘centre’.
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