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  • Stonehenge consists of massive stones arranged into concentric circles.
  • concentric rings
  • Three concentric loops help to navigate around the city.
  • The ancient city was protected by three concentric walls.

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  • the scratches will seem to arrange themselves in a fine series of concentric circles round that little sun.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • All around the wall the Endarkened stood in concentric rings, a tight group in front of the gates that led inside.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • And a picnic area, with tables arranged in concentric circles.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They had been walking for hours, making widening concentric circles through the woods, trying to cover every inch of terrain.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Through squinted eyes I look into the clouds—heavy, dark, ominous—swirling in small concentric circles and, in the center, the center I’m trying mightily to reach, a face begins to form.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Despite the winter cold, the young oaks rose tall and green, growing in concentric circles around a slightly larger specimen in the center.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • Mrs. Whitshank was laying the biscuits in the greased skillet, edge to edge in concentric circles.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • From his tool belt, he fished out an Archimedes sphere and set the concentric circles to arm the device.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Alan looked at Cayley’s computer, saw the signal’s concentric curves, most of them grey, not black.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The room is arranged in concentric circles.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • They glided earthward in wide, concentric circles.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • The girl looked uncertain as she eyed the concentric arcs of the nautilus spiral.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • In cross-section it consisted of two concentric walls: the wet, slightly rough outer wall, so vibrantly green, and an inner wall midway between the outer wall and the core of the algae.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • This one, splashed across the page in green ink, looked like two concentric circles, with a square in the center of them.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Is it not the latter’s mirror, reflection, echo, an abyss which is concentric with another abyss?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The concentric circles of a braided wool rug concealed most of the floorboards.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The rambling citadel was protected by three concentric layers of walls, numerous towers, and, Eragon noted, hundreds of ballistae made for shooting down a dragon.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • These nine concentric Heavens revolved continually around the Earth, and in proportion to their distance from it was time greater swiftness of each.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • He drove in a wide circle around the trampled site, and then moved inward, driving in decreasing concentric circles until he finally came to the place in the field where the little othnielians had been.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Think of your man as a series of concentric circles, his will being the innermost, his intellect coming next, and finally his fantasy.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • In front of the basilica, bordering the vast oval common, 284 columns swept outward in four concentric arcs of diminishing size …. an architectural trompe de l’oiel used to heighten the piazza’s sense of grandeur.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Down at floor level, three concentric circles of burnished wood desks radiated out from the massive octagonal circulation desk.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Arranged in a series of concentric circles, actually.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • He sat there, his moustache and his eyes focused on the map, on the map that he never truly understood, on the brown tracing of the contours that were traced fine and concentric as a spider’s web.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The upcast reflection of a lamp and shade, an inconstant series of concentric circles of varying gradations of light and shadow.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Towards the stern of the boat it is spirally coiled away in the tub, not like the worm-pipe of a still though, but so as to form one round, cheese-shaped mass of densely bedded "sheaves," or layers of concentric spiralizations, without any hollow but the "heart," or minute vertical tube formed at the axis of the cheese.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Enraged at Asios’ fall, Deiphobos went for Idomeneus with a hard spear-cast, but he foresaw the blow and dodged the point by disappearing under his round shield of bull’s hide, fitted on two struts or bars, and plated with concentric rings of bronze.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • It was a kind of Chinese toy, made up of five concentric boxes, and in the last one there was a card laboriously inscribed by someone who could barely write:We’ll get together Saturday at the movies .
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • He wanted to dismiss all of it as an old man’s rubbish, debris that had fallen out of the years, but the boxes and trunks, the bundles and stacks were plainly part of the pattern: they followed the concentric shadows of the room.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • With each passing year the mollusk’s secretions added new concentric layers.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Up ahead, beside the road, stood an odd-looking construction: three tiers of square pillars in concentric semicircles, holding up simple friezes.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Apart from the concentric ripples moving out across the pool, there was no sign of her.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • * A game played on a checker-board containing three concentric sets of squares, with small stones.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Sentries were deployed in concentric circles around Barn 43, even, reportedly, perching in trees.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • But when he asked it, because of his past, it spread out for him like waves in all directions simultaneously, not in a hierarchic structure, but in a concentric one.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The building, when entire, had never been above sixteen feet long by twelve feet in breadth, and the roof, low in proportion, rested upon four concentric arches which sprung from the four corners of the building, each supported upon a short and heavy pillar.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He is a reflection of the World Axis from which the concentric circles spread—the World Mountain, the World Tree—he is the perfect microcosmic mirror of the macrocosm.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Shelves lined with red crepe paper which was now faded and torn and concentrically spotted.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He turned upon them his painfully circular eyes, surrounded by concentric lines like targets.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • It was the wail of a siren, rising and filling, spreading its message of danger in concentric circles out to sea.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • That the military was accountable, reasonable, and was kept in check by concentric circles of regulations, laws, common sense, common decency.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Allie had always loved flowers, and Noah planted a rose garden in the shape of concentric hearts that was visible from the bedroom window and surrounded a formal, three-tiered fountain.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • No sooner had we arrived in my aunt’s dark hall than we saw in the gloom, beneath the frills of a snowy cap as stiff and fragile as if it had been made of spun sugar, the concentric waves of a smile of anticipatory gratitude.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The EM tanks were dug into their hull-down positions, but Kassad noticed that now even their acquisition radars-visible to him as concentric purple arcs-were motionless.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Who knows what beautiful and winged life, whose egg has been buried for ages under many concentric layers of woodenness in the dead dry life of society, deposited at first in the alburnum of the green and living tree, which has been gradually converted into the semblance of its well-seasoned tomb—heard perchance gnawing out now for years by the astonished family of man, as they sat round the festive board—may unexpectedly come forth from amidst society’s most trivial and handselled…
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • It is demonstrable that the scratches are going everywhere impartially and it is only your candle which produces the flattering illusion of a concentric arrangement, its light falling with an exclusive optical selection.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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