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circum-




a prefix with the meaning “round about, around,” found in Latin loanwords, esp. derivatives of verbs that had the general senses “to encompass or surround” (circumference; circumjacent; circumstance) or “to go around” by the means or in the manner specified by the verb (circumnavigate; circumscribe); on this basis forming adjectives in English with the meaning “surrounding” that named by the stem (circumocular; circumpolar).

circum.




circumference.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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