Definition of small circle in English:

small circle


  • A circle on the surface of a sphere whose plane does not pass through the sphere's centre.

    • ‘A great circle at right angles to a small circle passes through the pole.’
    • ‘The game involves comparing small circles with larger circles and may have provided the motivation for the area formula.’
    • ‘A small circle is quite as infinite as a large circle; but, though it is quite as infinite, it is not so large.’