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    Smile circumferential or peripheral which is better to describe the side of a round object

    I want to know the difference among "circumferential surface" and "peripheral surface". Which is better to describe the outer side surface of a round object such as a tube, a cylinder, and a can of beer.

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    Re: circumferential or peripheral which is better to describe the side of a round obj

    I'd use outer surface.

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    Re: circumferential or peripheral which is better to describe the side of a round obj

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We use the preposition 'between' with 'difference'.
    Yes, we do—even when there are more than two choices.

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    Re: circumferential or peripheral which is better to describe the side of a round obj

    You could use "circumferential" if you need to distinguish between that surface and the end surfaces. Or you could say the "body" of the can versus the "ends."

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    Unhappy Re: circumferential or peripheral which is better to describe the side of a round obj

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You could use "circumferential" if you need to distinguish between that surface and the end surfaces. Or you could say the "body" of the can versus the "ends."
    Does using "peripheral" cause only strange feeling or misunderstanding ?

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