Cyclic vs Circular - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between cyclic and circular
is that cyclic
is characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals while circular
is of or relating to a circle.
As a noun circular is
a printed advertisement, directive, or notice intended for mass distribution; a flyer.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
Characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals
(chemistry) Of a compound having chains of atoms arranged in a ring
- The weather had a cyclic pattern of rain and sun.
(botany) Having parts arranged in a whorl
(mathematics, of a group) being generated by only one element
(geometry, of a polygon) able to be inscribed in a circle
- Benzene and cyclohexane are both cyclic compounds.
* cyclic chorus
* cyclic poet
Of or relating to a circle.
In the shape of, or moving in a circle.
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Circuitous or roundabout.
Referring back to itself, so as to prevent computation or comprehension; infinitely recursive.
- circular reasoning
- Your dictionary defines "brave" as "courageous", and "courageous" as "brave". That's a circular definition.
Distributed to a large number of persons.
- a circular formula in a spreadsheet
(obsolete) Perfect; complete.
- a proclamation of Henry III., doubtless circular throughout England
(archaic) Adhering to a fixed circle of legends; cyclic; hence, mean; inferior.
- A man so absolute and circular / In all those wished-for rarities that may take / A virgin captive.
- Had Virgil been a circular poet, and closely adhered to history, how could the Romans have had Dido?
* circular file
* circular saw
A printed advertisement, directive, or notice intended for mass distribution; a flyer
In administration, a circular letter
(dated) A sleeveless cloak, cut in circular form.
* catalogue, catalog
* flier, flyer
* handbill, hand bill
* junk mail