Definition of Cirque

1. Noun. A steep-walled semicircular basin in a mountain; may contain a lake.

Exact synonyms: Corrie, Cwm
Generic synonyms: Basin



Definition of Cirque

1. n. A circle; a circus; a circular erection or arrangement of objects.

Definition of Cirque

1. Noun. A curved depression in a mountainside with steep walls, forming the end of a valley. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cirque

1. a deep, steep-walled basin on a mountain [n -S]

Cirque Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cirque

circus ring
circus tent
circuses
circusiana
circusless
circuslike
circussy
circusy
cire
cire perdue
cires
cirio
cirl
cirl bunting
cirls
cirque (current term)
cirques
cirrate
cirrhi
cirrhiferous
cirrhogenous
cirrhonosus
cirrhose
cirrhosed
cirrhoses
cirrhosis
cirrhosis of the liver
cirrhotic
cirrhotics
cirrhous

Literary usage of Cirque

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1. Characteristics of Existing Glaciers by William Herbert Hobbs (1911)
"PART I MOUNTAIN GLACIERS CHAPTER I THE cirque AND ITS RECESSION The Glacial ... One of the first to recognize the cirque as a product of glacial erosion was ..."

2. Landscapes of Western Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon: A Countryside Guide by John Underwood, Pat Underwood (2004)
"The paths in the cirque are ven,' stony underfoot — ankle-twisting terrain. ... Just visit the cirque. Not only docs this walk explore the extraordinary ..."

3. The theatres of Paris by Charles Hervey (1846)
"The present cirque in the Champs Elysees, where performances are given from May ... The equestrian company of the cirque deserve a far more detailed mention ..."

4. Europe by Andrew John Herbertson (1903)
"The cirque de Gavarnie From Luz I visited Gavarnie, a village about 12 miles distant, and noticed the singular formation of the mountains, 3 miles farther ..."

5. Earth Sculpture by James Geikie (1898)
"The torrent escaping from the cirque simply digs its chann deeper, cuts its way back, and by its undermining action tene to increase the slope of the ..."

6. Earth Sculpture; Or, The Origin of Land-forms: Or, The Origin of Landforms by James Geikie (1898)
"But the flat-bottomed cirque is restricted to regions which are now, ... cirque-basins are familiar features in the Alpine lands of temperate latitudes, ..."

7. The Pleistocene Geology of the Leadville Quadrangle, Colorado by Stephen Reid Capps (1907)
"Source <?, often known as Monitor Gulch, is ;i fairly well-shaped cirque, but was not severely glaciated." The walls and bottom of the cirque are covered ..."

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