• noun one of the semicircular shapes at each end of the playing area marked out by white dots painted on the ground, which are connected by a pair of parallel lines going down each side of the pitch; the area marked out in this way is called the ‘circle’ and is used in applying fielding restrictions in some one-day competitions.
    See circle
    Citation ‘An oversight by Bob Willis cost a no-ball when he posted only three men, one short of the legal minimum, within the white semi-circles’ (Scyld Berry, Observer 19 June 1983)