# What Is a Circumference?

## What Is a Circumference?

The circumference is the distance measured around a circle.

The circumference is often denoted by **C**. The image below shows what we mean by the circumference:

### Dictionary Definition

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the circumference as "the curved line which forms the boundary of a circle."

## Examples of the Circumference

The circle below has a circumference of 20 cm. This is the distance around the circle.

The circle below has a circumference of 12 inches.

## How to Find the Circumference

The circumference of a circle is related to its radius and diameter.

### How to Find the Circumference from the Radius

The circumference is the radius multiplied by 2π.

If the circumference is **C** and the radius is **r** (as shown in the image below), then we can find the circumference using the formula:

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### How to Find the Circumference from the Diameter

The circumference is the diameter multiplied by π.

If the circumference is **C** and the diameter is **d** (as shown in the image below), then we can find the circumference using the formula:

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