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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Definitions for circumferential

  1. surrounding; lying along the outskirts; of, at, or near the circumference.
  2. lying within the circumference.
  3. circuitous; indirect: a circumferential manner of speech.

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Citations for circumferential
Now bees, as may be clearly seen by examining the edge of a growing comb, do make a rough, circumferential wall or rim all round the comb ... Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, 1859
Far away in the circumferential wall a little doorway looked like Heaven, and he set off in a wild rush for it. H. G. Wells, "The Country of the Blind," The Strand Magazine, April 1904
Origin of circumferential
Circumferential nowadays means only “surrounding, on the outskirts or periphery of.” In the late 17th century circumferential had the additional meaning “indirect, roundabout.” Circumferential entered English in the early 17th century.