I have two circles:

empty circle


and solid circle


How can I draw solid one on top of empty one? Can we make a command? I want to put it within the text to show as a symbol. Thanks.

Different things I have copied from internet:


\raisebox{.5pt}{\textcircled{\raisebox{-.9pt} {8}}}



\begin{picture}(60, 40)

  • What package defines \circle? In which context (math, text) are you pretending to use the symbol? – Gonzalo Medina Apr 9 '14 at 2:14
  • I am not using any package. "This symbol is represented with \<command>" will be my usage. I guess, it's text version. – user1890924 Apr 9 '14 at 2:16
  • Plus... what have you tried so far? All questions should include the code for a complete small document people can compile to reproduce the issue or understand the context. EDIT: But you say 'I have two circles...'. Where did you get them from if you didn't use a package or define a command? And I don't understand why you want to represent a symbol with another one. Surely that will lead to infinite regress? – cfr Apr 9 '14 at 2:16
  • Last one gives me a solid circle within an empty circle but this is an image. Don't know how to use it within text. – user1890924 Apr 9 '14 at 2:19

One option using TikZ (adjust the settings to suit your needs):


\draw (0,0) circle [radius=5pt];  
\fill (0,0) circle [radius=3pt];  


A\mycircle B


enter image description here

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Ultra simple:



This symbol is (for unknown reasons) represented by \mycircle.

The symbol \mycircle{} is (for unknown reasons) not represented by anything.


Infinite regress avoided

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This example constructs the symbol with the help of other symbols. They can be used in both math and text mode.


  \hbox to\wd0{\hfil$#1\bullet\m@th$\hfil}%

  A \odot B \obullet C \bulletcirc D
  text \obullet\ text \bulletcirc\ text


Also a symbol can be constructed via environment picture:



  abc \bulletcircle\ text


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Tailor made for a \stackinset:

E\mycirc B

enter image description here

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