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.]
1. To move around; to revolve around.
Other planets circle other suns. --Pope.
2. To encompass, as by a circle; to surround; to inclose; to
encircle. --Prior. Pope.
Their heads are circled with a short turban.
So he lies, circled with evil. --Coleridge.
To circle in, to confine; to hem in; to keep together; as,
to circle bodies in. --Sir K. Digby.
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,