(Cir`cum*vo*la"tion) n. [L. circumvolate. -volatum, to fly around; circum + volare to fly.]
The act of flying round. [R.]
(Cir`cum*vo*lu"tion) n. [See Circumvolve.]
1. The act of rolling round; the state of being rolled.
2. A thing rolled round another. Arbuthnot.
3. A roundabout procedure; a circumlocution.
He had neither time nor temper for sentimental circumvolutions.
(Cir`cum*volve") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circumvolved ; p. pr. vb. n. Circumvolving.] [L.
circumvolvere, -volutum; circum + volvere to roll.] To roll round; to cause to revolve; to put into a circular
(Cir`cum*volve"), v. i. To roll round; to revolve.
(Cir"cus) n.; pl. Circuses [L. circus circle, ring, circus See Circle, and cf. Cirque.]
1. (Roman Antiq.) A level oblong space surrounded on three sides by seats of wood, earth, or stone,
rising in tiers one above another, and divided lengthwise through the middle by a barrier around which
the track or course was laid out. It was used for chariot races, games, and public shows.
The Circus Maximus at Rome could contain more than 100,000 spectators. Harpers' Latin Dict.
2. A circular inclosure for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship, acrobatic displays, etc. Also, the company
of performers, with their equipage.
3. Circuit; space; inclosure. [R.]
The narrow circus of my dungeon wall.
(Cirl" bun`ting) [Cf. It. cirlo.] (Zoöl.) A European bunting (Emberiza cirlus).
(Cirque) n. [F., fr. L. circus.]
1. A circle; a circus; a circular erection or arrangement of objects.
A dismal cirque
Of Druid stones upon a forlorn moor.
2. A kind of circular valley in the side of a mountain, walled around by precipices of great height.
(Cir"rate) a. [L. cirratus having ringlets, fr. cirrus a curl.] (Zoöl.) Having cirri along the margin
of a part or organ.
(Cir*rhif"er*ous) a. See Cirriferous.
(Cir"rhose) a. Same as Cirrose.
(||Cir*rho"sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. orange-colored: cf. F. cirrhose. So called from the yellowish
appearance which the diseased liver often presents when cut.] (Med.) A disease of the liver in which
it usually becomes smaller in size and more dense and fibrous in consistence; hence sometimes applied
to similar changes in other organs, caused by increase in the fibrous framework and decrease in the
proper substance of the organ.