dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information


4 definitions found
 for Dress circle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dress circle \Dress circle\
     A gallery or balcony in a theater, generally the first above
     the floor, in which originally dress clothes were customarily
     worn.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Circle \Cir"cle\ (s[~e]r"k'l), n. [OE. cercle, F. cercle, fr. L.
     circulus (Whence also AS. circul), dim. of circus circle,
     akin to Gr. kri`kos, ki`rkos, circle, ring. Cf. Circus,
     Circum-.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. A plane figure, bounded by a single curve line called its
        circumference, every part of which is equally distant from
        a point within it, called the center.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The line that bounds such a figure; a circumference; a
        ring.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Astron.) An instrument of observation, the graduated limb
        of which consists of an entire circle.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: When it is fixed to a wall in an observatory, it is
           called a mural circle; when mounted with a telescope
           on an axis and in Y's, in the plane of the meridian, a
           meridian circle or transit circle; when involving
           the principle of reflection, like the sextant, a
           reflecting circle; and when that of repeating an
           angle several times continuously along the graduated
           limb, a repeating circle.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     4. A round body; a sphere; an orb.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.
                                                    --Is. xi. 22.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. Compass; circuit; inclosure.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              In the circle of this forest.         --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     6. A company assembled, or conceived to assemble, about a
        central point of interest, or bound by a common tie; a
        class or division of society; a coterie; a set.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              As his name gradually became known, the circle of
              his acquaintance widened.             --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     7. A circular group of persons; a ring.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     8. A series ending where it begins, and repeating itself.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Thus in a circle runs the peasant's pain. --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     9. (Logic) A form of argument in which two or more unproved
        statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive
        reasoning.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              That heavy bodies descend by gravity; and, again,
              that gravity is a quality whereby a heavy body
              descends, is an impertinent circle and teaches
              nothing.                              --Glanvill.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     10. Indirect form of words; circumlocution. [R.]
         [1913 Webster]
  
               Has he given the lie,
               In circle, or oblique, or semicircle. --J.
                                                    Fletcher.
         [1913 Webster]
  
     11. A territorial division or district.
         [1913 Webster]
  
     Note:
  
     The Circles of the Holy Roman Empire, ten in number, were
        those principalities or provinces which had seats in the
        German Diet.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Azimuth circle. See under Azimuth.
  
     Circle of altitude (Astron.), a circle parallel to the
        horizon, having its pole in the zenith; an almucantar.
  
     Circle of curvature. See Osculating circle of a curve
        (Below).
  
     Circle of declination. See under Declination.
  
     Circle of latitude.
         (a) (Astron.) A great circle perpendicular to the plane
             of the ecliptic, passing through its poles.
         (b) (Spherical Projection) A small circle of the sphere
             whose plane is perpendicular to the axis.
  
     Circles of longitude, lesser circles parallel to the
        ecliptic, diminishing as they recede from it.
  
     Circle of perpetual apparition, at any given place, the
        boundary of that space around the elevated pole, within
        which the stars never set. Its distance from the pole is
        equal to the latitude of the place.
  
     Circle of perpetual occultation, at any given place, the
        boundary of the space around the depressed pole, within
        which the stars never rise.
  
     Circle of the sphere, a circle upon the surface of the
        sphere, called a great circle when its plane passes
        through the center of the sphere; in all other cases, a
        small circle.
  
     Diurnal circle. See under Diurnal.
  
     Dress circle, a gallery in a theater, generally the one
        containing the prominent and more expensive seats.
  
     Druidical circles (Eng. Antiq.), a popular name for certain
        ancient inclosures formed by rude stones circularly
        arranged, as at Stonehenge, near Salisbury.
  
     Family circle, a gallery in a theater, usually one
        containing inexpensive seats.
  
     Horary circles (Dialing), the lines on dials which show the
        hours.
  
     Osculating circle of a curve (Geom.), the circle which
        touches the curve at some point in the curve, and close to
        the point more nearly coincides with the curve than any
        other circle. This circle is used as a measure of the
        curvature of the curve at the point, and hence is called
        circle of curvature.
  
     Pitch circle. See under Pitch.
  
     Vertical circle, an azimuth circle.
  
     Voltaic circuit or Voltaic circle. See under Circuit.
        
  
     To square the circle. See under Square.
  
     Syn: Ring; circlet; compass; circuit; inclosure.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dress circle
      n 1: a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or
           opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra;
           "they had excellent seats in the dress circle" [syn:
           circle, dress circle]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  20 Moby Thesaurus words for "dress circle":
     auditorium, balcony, box, box seat, fauteuil, gallery, loge,
     nigger heaven, orchestra, orchestra circle, paradise, parquet,
     parquet circle, parterre, peanut gallery, pit, proscenium boxes,
     stall, standing room, theatre stall
  
  

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org