(Cir`cum*loc"u*to*ry) a. Characterised by circumlocution; periphrastic. Shenstone.
The officials set to work in regular circumlocutory order.
(Cir`cum*me*rid"i*an) a. [Pref. circum- + meridian.] About, or near, the meridian.
(Cir`cum*mure") v. t. [Pref. circum- + mure, v. t.] To encompass with a wall. Shak.
(Cir`cum*nav"i*ga*ble) a. Capable of being sailed round. Ray.
(Cir`cum*nav"i*gate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circumnavigated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Circumnavigating
] [L. circumnavigatus, p. p. of circumnavigare to sail round; circum + navigare to navigate.] To sail
Having circumnavigated the whole earth.
(Cir`cum*nav`i*ga"tion) n. The act of circumnavigating, or sailing round. Arbuthnot.
(Cir`cum*nav"iga`tor) n. One who sails round. W. Guthrie.
(Cir`cum*nu"tate) v. i. [Pref. circum- + nutate.] To pass through the stages of circumnutation.
(Cir`cum*nu*ta"tion) n. (Bot.) The successive bowing or bending in different directions
of the growing tip of the stems of many plants, especially seen in climbing plants.
(Cir`cum*po"lar) a. [Pref. circum- + polar.] About the pole; applied to stars that revolve
around the pole without setting; as, circumpolar stars.
(Cir`cum*po*si"tion) n. [L. circumpositio, fr. circumponere, - positium, to place around.]
The act of placing in a circle, or round about, or the state of being so placed. Evelyn.
(Cir`cum*ro"tary Cir`cum*ro"ta*to*ry) a. [Pref. circum- + rotary, rotatory.] turning, rolling,
or whirling round.
(Cir`cum*ro"tate) v. t. & i. [L. circumrotare; circum + rotare to turn round.] To rotate
(Cir`cum*ro*ta"tion) n. The act of rolling or revolving round, as a wheel; circumvolution; the
state of being whirled round. J. Gregory.
(Cir`cum*scis"sile) a. [Pref. circum- + scissle.] (Bot.) Dehiscing or opening by a
transverse fissure extending around (a capsule or pod). See Illust. of Pyxidium.
(Cir`cum*scrib"a*ble) a. Capable of being circumscribed.
(Cir`cum*scribe") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circumscribed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Circumscribing.]
[L. circumscribere, -scriptum; circum + scribere to write, draw. See Soribe.]
1. to write or engrave around. [R.]
Thereon is circumscribed this epitaph.
2. To inclose within a certain limit; to hem in; to surround; to bound; to confine; to restrain.
To circumscribe royal power.
3. (Geom.) To draw a line around so as to touch at certain points without cutting. See Inscribe, 5.