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circumferential

[ser-kuhm-fuh-ren-shuh l]
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  1. of, at, or near the circumference; surrounding; lying along the outskirts.
  2. lying within the circumference.
  3. circuitous; indirect: a circumferential manner of speech.

Origin of circumferential

1600–10; < Latin circumferenti(a) circumference + -al1
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Examples from the Web for circumferential

Historical Examples

  • Annular dilatation is usually due to circumferential distension just above a stricture.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II

    Various

  • Its surface of contact has two circumferential grooves, which produce a sort of water packing acting by adhesion.

  • The air enters by the circumferential holes, circulates freely through the tub, and escapes by the glass tubes.

  • All the aspects of his circumferential existence, island-like in the dividing indigo of a magic sea, pleased him equally.

    Cytherea

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • A gesture of circumferential despair indicated the hopeless variety of design.

    Max Carrados

    Ernest Bramah


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