# Definition:Euclid's Definitions - Book III

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## Euclid's Definitions: Book $\text{III}$

These definitions appear at the start of Book $\text{III}$ of Euclid's *The Elements*.

**Equal circles**are those the diameters of which are equal, or the radii of which are equal.- A straight line is said to
**touch a circle**which, meeting the circle and being produced, does not cut the circle. - Circles are said to
**touch one another**which, meeting one another, do not cut one another. - In a circle straight lines are said to be
**equally distant from the center**when the perpendiculars drawn to them from the center are equal. - And that straight line is said to be
**at a greater distance**on which the greater perpendicular falls. - A
**segment of a circle**is the figure contained by a straight line and a circumference of a circle. - An
**angle of a segment**is that contained by a straight line and a circumference of a circle. - An
**angle in a segment**is the angle which, when a point is taken on the circumference of the segment and straight lines are joined from it to the extremities of the straight line which is the base of the segment, is contained by the straight lines so joined. - And, when the straight lines containing the angle cut off a circumference, the angle is said to
**stand upon**that circumference. - A
**sector of a circle**is the figure which, when an angle is constructed at the center of the circle, is contained by the straight lines containing the angle and the circumference cut off by them. **Similar segments of circles**are those which admit equal angles, or in which the angles are equal to one another.

## Sources

- 1926: Sir Thomas L. Heath:
*Euclid: The Thirteen Books of The Elements: Volume 1*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Book $\text{III}$. Definitions