[ sur-kuh m-fyooz ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈfyuz /

verb (used with object), cir·cum·fused, cir·cum·fus·ing.

to pour around; diffuse.
to surround as with a fluid; suffuse: An atmosphere of joy circumfused the celebration.

Origin of circumfuse

First recorded in 1590–1600, circumfuse is from the Latin word circumfūsus (past participle of circumfundere to pour around). See circum-, fuse2

Related forms

cir·cum·fu·sion [sur-kuh m-fyoo-zhuh n] /ˌsɜr kəmˈfyu ʒən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for circumfuse

  • I almost think I could love him, whoever it be, on whom thou wouldst shed the rays that circumfuse thyself.

    Zanoni|Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • As to the last, she did not think Frank had money enough yet to "circumfuse," she said, in that way.

    Real Folks|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

British Dictionary definitions for circumfuse


/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈfjuːz) /

verb (tr)

to pour or spread (a liquid, powder, etc) around
to surround with a substance, such as a liquid

Derived Forms

circumfusion (ˌsɜːkəmˈfjuːʒən), noun

Word Origin for circumfuse

C16: from Latin circumfūsus, from circumfundere to pour around, from circum- + fundere to pour
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