Phrases with "circumference"

Baldwin Spencer The calf is decidedly thin, the average of the twenty men, in circumference in its widest part, being 31. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

William Dampier These islands are about three or four leagues from the island Mindanao; they are about four or five leagues in circumference and of a pretty good height. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Juventus is in power round the whole circumference of the country. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Further, that is nearest to principle which is less; but a right is the least of all lines, as it is simple; whereas in a circumference one part is convex without, another concave within. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

T. H. Huxley But this great circumference arises largely from the vast development of the supraciliary ridges, though the perimeter of the brain case itself is not small. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Jules Verne The workmen, after laying the stones from the circumference to the center, were thus enclosed within a kind of well twenty-one feet in diameter. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

The circumference was a ring of admirers. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jules Verne This OMBU measured in height a hundred feet, and covered with its shadow a circumference of one hundred and twenty yards. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Let him go straining his eyes examining every dark spot in a circumference many long miles in extent. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

In all the neighbourhood, and indeed within a circumference of twenty miles, he was looked upon as endowed with a power almost divine. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Olaf Stapledon The planet’s circumference was an indefinite breadth of luminous haze, fading into the surrounding blackness of space. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

What the exact circumference may be I do not remember, but it cannot be less than 100 miles, and the outward height of this wall of coral rock nowhere amounts to less than about 100 or 150 feet. Coral and Coral Reefs by Thomas Henry Huxley

George Borrow Here and there, near the town ditch, are subterranean pits with small orifices, about the circumference of a chimney, which are generally covered with a large stone, or stuffed with straw. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Jules Verne Over all this immense space the ocean alone was visible — the island occupied the center of a circumference which appeared to be infinite. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

The course had been marked off in a circle of two miles in circumference and some twenty feet wide, the limits plainly defined by little furrows. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Jules Verne The circumference of Copernicus formed almost a perfect circle, and its steep escarpments were clearly defined. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson I did not know the circumference of the earth. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Theodore Dreiser For this reason the young boy loved to hang about the Columbus House. It seemed to him that this hotel was the centre and circumference of all that was worth while in the social sense. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

With a circumference of under fifty miles, it rose abruptly from the surrounding country to heights varying between two and three thousand feet above sea-level. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

John Lewis Burckhard On the N.W. side, between two of the columns, is an insulated niche, of calcareous stone, projecting somewhat beyond the circumference of the octagon, and rising to about two feet below the roof. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

He gave me one, measuring 3 feet 5 inches in length, and 18 3/4 inches in circumference at the base. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Jules Verne His circumference is about 220,000 miles; his superficies, 144,000 millions of square miles; his volume, 143,846 millions of cubic miles. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Jules Verne Behind the shelter of the rock there was a comparative calm; yet once within the circumference of the cyclone, neither man nor beast could resist its power. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

It lies exposed to view in a small open basin, the water being only about 150 yards in circumference and from two to three feet deep. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Henry James He had lived, in spite of himself, into his change of feeling, and in wandering over the earth had wandered, as might be said, from the circumference to the centre of his desert. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

Jeremy Bentham In like manner, the field of circumstances belonging to any act may be defined a circle, of which the circumference is nowhere, but of which the act in question is the centre. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Jules Verne He measured, very exactly, the opening of this angle on a circumference which he divided into 360 equal parts. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Edith Wharton He thought he had been taken by the huge irony of the situation — by the enlarged circumference of the joke. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

M. P. Shiel In an alcove at the furthest circumference was a bed. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Karl Philipp Moritz I was now conducted to that part which is called the whispering gallery, which is a circumference of prodigious extent, just below the cupola. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Edmund Burke The neck, say they, in beautiful bodies, should measure with the calf of the leg; it should likewise be twice the circumference of the wrist. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

George Gissing A great atlas was opened, routes were fingered; half the earth’s circumference vanished in a twinkling. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The second and next higher form is the circular, which is also called the perpetual-angular, because the circumference of a circle is a perpetual angle. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Ralph Waldo Emerson When we consider Spirit, we see that the views already presented do not include the whole circumference of man. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

H. G. Wells It was as if a new crater burnt now in the ampler circumference of an old volcano, which showed all the more desolate and sorrowful and obsolete for the warm light of the new flames. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They had come to a large cavity in the earth about the circumference of a merry-go-round, and covered by a strong iron grating. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing From the towering wall of volumes seemed to emanate visible motes, intensifying the obscurity; in a moment the book-lined circumference of the room would be but a featureless prison-limit. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The circumference of the funnel enveloped the vessel and the entire crew. Micromégas by Voltaire [1752]

The circumference of the earth is 123,249,600 feet. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Nathaniel Hawthorne All the snow that has yet fallen within the circumference of my view, were it heaped up together, would hardly equal the hillock of a grave. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Jules Verne Its circumference showed a diameter of about twenty-two leagues. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

So that a man may imagine that a circumference is made up of little right lines. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

For, putting round about the circumference of the world an infinite vacuum, they say that the universe is neither a body nor bodiless. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Unlike the others, it was low and flat, and the round structure which almost filled its circumference stood scarcely ten feet high. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Jack London They occupied nearly the whole circumference of his field of vision. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Charles Stur The circumference of that horizon was unbroken, save where an isolated hill rose above it, and looked like an island in the ocean. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

George Gissing And round about it, in so vast a circumference that it was only detected by the wandering eye, spread a softly radiant halo. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Its diameter or circumference or something is two and a half feet — or perhaps it’s three and a half. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. Phillips Oppenheim There’s a cordon of guards twenty miles in circumference round their great flying base. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Jack London I estimated its circumference at twenty-five miles, its width as varying from two to five miles; while my most conservative calculation placed on its beaches two hundred thousand seals. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

With sailors, the girth of the neck and the depth of the instep are greater, whilst the circumference of the chest, waist, and hips is less, than in soldiers. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

The king advanced to the middle of the group, which had now become a general one, by a movement which took place from the circumference to the center. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Percy Bysshe Shelley It is at once the centre and circumference of knowledge; it is that which comprehends all science, and that to which all science must be referred. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The languor increased, still he kept his gaze upon the star, and now its luminous circumference seemed to expand and dilate. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Thomas Hardy The loads were all laid together, and a pyramid of furze thirty feet in circumference now occupied the crown of the tumulus, which was known as Rainbarrow for many miles round. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

It is as if a six-foot man were to take hold of a flagstaff about a third the circumference of his own body and ten times his length, and retreat into the sand, dragging the staff with him. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

A figure of Hercules, by Lysimachus, of such vast dimensions that the thumb was equal in circumference to the waist of a man. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

The nearest tree appeared to him to have a circumference of at least a hundred feet. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

The hat, too — nobody could mistake the shape of that hat, with its high crown gradually increasing in circumference towards the top. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Jules Verne The circumference occupied by these 1,200 ovens presented a length of two miles. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Jeremy Bentham I forget what mathematician it was that defined God to be a circle, of which the centre is every where, but the circumference no where. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Jules Verne This extent of water, of a circumference of nearly seven miles and an area of two hundred and fifty acres, reposed in a border of diversified trees. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne A circumference of only a yard in diameter in the shape of a parachute can not only impede descent in air, but can render it isochronous. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]