ETYM French circuit, from Latin circuitus, from circuire or circumire to go around; circum around + ire to go.
1. A usually circular line encompassing an area.
2. The space enclosed within such a line.
3. A course around a periphery.
4. A circuitous or indirect route.
5. A regular tour (as by a traveling judge or preacher) around an assigned district or territory.
6. the route traveled.
7. A group of church congregations ministered to by one pastor.
A path for electrical current to flow; SYN. electrical circuit, electric circuit.
1. Any path that can carry electrical current.
2. A combination of electrical components interconnected to perform a particular task. At one level, a computer consists of a single circuit; at another, it consists of hundreds of interconnected circuits.
In physics or electrical engineering, an arrangement of electrical components through which a current can flow. There are two basic circuits, series and parallel. In a series circuit, the components are connected end to end so that the current flows through all components one after the other. In a parallel circuit, components are connected side by side so that part of the current passes through each component. A circuit diagram shows in graphical form how components are connected together, using standard symbols for the components.
In law, the geographic district that constitutes a particular area of jurisdiction.
In the US the Court of Appeals sits in ten judicial areas or circuits—hence circuit courts—and Washington, DC.
(Law) One of the twelve groups of states in the U.S. that is covered by a particular circuit court of appeals.