[ ser-kuhm-floo-uh nt ]
/ sərˈkʌm flu ənt /


flowing around; encompassing.

Origin of circumfluent

First recorded in 1570–80, circumfluent is from the Latin word circumfluent- (stem of circumfluēns, present participle of circumfluere to flow around). See circum-, fluent
Related formscir·cum·flu·ence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for circumfluent

  • Philosophers have their disputes also concerning the center of the world and the circumfluent water.

  • Like Homer he looked upon the habitable world (οἰκουμένη) as being circular in outline and bounded by a circumfluent river.

  • The salival glands drink up a certain fluid from the circumfluent blood, and pour it into the mouth.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I|Erasmus Darwin
  • Here were gathered people who worked always in that circumfluent inspiration, that murmur of liberty, that whisper of humanity.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie

Word Origin and History for circumfluent



1570s, from Latin circumfluentem (nominative circumfluens), present participle of circumfluere "to flow around," from circum- (see circum-) + fluere (see fluent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper