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[sur-kuh m-am-bee-uh nt] /ˌsɜr kəmˈæm bi ənt/
surrounding; encompassing:
circumambient gloom.
Origin of circumambient
First recorded in 1625-35, circumambient is from the Late Latin word circumambient- (stem of circumambiēns). See circum-, ambient
Related forms
circumambience, circumambiency, noun
circumambiently, adverb Unabridged
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  • It is almost undoubtedly one of the direct consequences of the circumambient spirit of democracy.

    The Land of Contrasts James Fullarton Muirhead
  • He clutched feebly at the circumambient darkness for expedients.

  • The old clerk's face beamed radiant among the circumambient fumes.

    Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • The phrase 'a quarter of a million' glinted and flashed in the circumambient air.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • A line must come right; you can force that into its place, but you can't compel the circumambient air.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Debussy gives the circumambient atmosphere, Ravel the inner form.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • So you could soar into the circumambient ether and leave all mundane things below?

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
  • That must be a pernicious agitation of the circumambient atmosphere, which conduces not to the benefit of any individual.

  • A roar of condemnatory thought brought all circumambient ether to a boil.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • It is heavier than common air, and, of course, occupies in greater proportion the substrata of that circumambient fluid.

British Dictionary definitions for circumambient


Derived Forms
circumambience, circumambiency, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin circumambīre, from circum- + ambīre to go round
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Word Origin and History for circumambient

1630s, from circum- + ambient.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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