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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Circle \Cir"cle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circled; p. pr. & vb. n. Circling.] [OE. cerclen, F. cercler, fr. L. circulare to make round. See Circle, n., and cf. Circulate.] [1913 Webster] 1. To move around; to revolve around. [1913 Webster] Other planets circle other suns. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To encompass, as by a circle; to surround; to inclose; to encircle. --Prior. Pope. [1913 Webster] Their heads are circled with a short turban. --Dampier. [1913 Webster] So he lies, circled with evil. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] To circle in, to confine; to hem in; to keep together; as, to circle bodies in. --Sir K. Digby. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

93 Moby Thesaurus words for "circling": alternate, ambient, beating, cincture, circuition, circuitousness, circuitry, circularity, circulation, circumambience, circumambiency, circumambient, circumambulation, circumcincture, circumferential, circumflex, circumflexion, circumfluent, circumfluous, circumjacence, circumjacent, circumlocution, circummigration, circumnavigation, circumposition, containment, cyclic, deviance, deviancy, deviation, deviousness, digression, embracement, embracing, encincture, encirclement, encircling, enclosing, enclosure, encompassing, encompassment, enfolding, enfoldment, enveloping, envelopment, environing, environment, epochal, even, every other, excursion, excursus, girding, girdling, gyre, gyring, inclusion, indirection, intermittent, involvement, isochronal, meandering, measured, metronomic, neighboring, orbit, orbiting, oscillatory, periodical, peripheral, pulsing, reciprocal, recurrent, recurring, rhythmic, rotary, roundabout, roundaboutness, rounding, seasonal, serial, spiral, spiraling, steady, suburban, surrounding, turn, turning, undulant, undulatory, wavelike, wheeling, wrapping