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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Circuit, n. Also: circuite, -c(o)ut, -cuat; sirquit, cirqu(e)it. [ME. circuyt (Wyclif), circuit, etc., F. circuit, L. circuitus.]

1. Compass, circumference. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2732.
The wallis … Four hundreth stageis and four score In circuit

2. An official round for the purpose of holding courts or discharging other duties. Also attrib. with court. 1679 Wodrow MSS. 4to. XXXVII. No. 65.
Sumoned to the Sirquit Court
1684 Bk. Old Edinb. C. IX. 160.
Ther obleissments granted to the Lords of the Cirqueit
1691 Conv. Burghs IV. 130.
The visitors … in their circout … call for the measurs keept by Iedburgh to sie if they be conforme to the standart
Ib. 131.
The visitors … in ther circut … of visitatione

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