# Thread: Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

1. ## Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

Hello again.

Does "around the entire circumference" mean the same as "all around the circumference"?

Thank you.

2. ## Re: Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

Please give us full sentences to consider (as always).

3. ## Re: Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

One should measure the pipe around the entire circumference.

The bush was measured all around the circumference".

4. ## Re: Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

If you're measuring circumference, it's by definition the entire distance around something.

I can't really measure part of a circumference - otherwise I'm just measuring arc length.

I'd just say "Measure the circumference of the pipe." or "The circumference of the bush was measured."

5. ## Re: Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

On the other hand, they don't always mean the same.
"The caterpillars were eating all around the circumference of the leaf" doesn't mean, to me, that the entire circumference has been eaten.

6. ## Re: Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

Originally Posted by Raymott
On the other hand, they don't always mean the same.
"The caterpillars were eating all around the circumference of the leaf" doesn't mean, to me, that the entire circumference has been eaten.
I agree fully with Skrej. Do you actually say "eating around the circumference of the leaf"? I would say "eating around the periphery of the leaf". Circumference is used in maths and measurements.

7. ## Re: Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

I like periphery better.

8. ## Re: Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

'Periphery' was never in question. You'd need to take it up with Jacek why he didn't use your preferred word.

9. ## Re: Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

That doesn't mean that circumference is correct there. I have never heard circumference of a leaf.

10. ## Re: Does "around the entire circumference" equal "all around the circumference"?

I don't think I've ever used "periphery" in any context. I've used circumference many times, both within and outside maths contexts. As far as that caterpillar is concerned, I would say that it is nibbling around the outside of the leaf.

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