to sail or fly around; make the circuit of by navigation: to circumnavigate the earth.
to go or maneuver around: to circumnavigate the heavy downtown traffic.
- cir·cum·nav·i·ga·ble [sur-kuhm-nav-i-guh-buhl], /ˌsɜr kəmˈnæv ɪ gə bəl/, adjective
- cir·cum·nav·i·ga·tion, noun
- cir·cum·nav·i·ga·tor, noun
- cir·cum·nav·i·ga·to·ry [sur-kuhm-nav-i-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˌsɜr kəmˈnæv ɪ gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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How to use circumnavigate in a sentence
It wasn’t the fastest—it took almost a year and a half to circumnavigate the globe, traveling 26,718 miles and stopping in 17 different cities.This Autonomous Solar-Powered Aircraft Will Fly for 90 Days Straight | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | August 13, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Meanwhile, rather than attempting to circumnavigate the country’s entire Ring Road, focus on just the southern coast, especially in fall, when the north coast road’s weather is unpredictable.
One Saturday, we circumnavigated a nearby reservoir on a 16-mile network of dirt roads and gravel paths, which never would’ve happened without pedal assist.
Competition with Jeff Bezos has forced 70-year-old Richard Branson to rediscover his inner daredevil, the Branson of more than 20 years ago who attempted to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon, much to the alarm of his family.Richard Branson's Big Space D*ck Contest with Bezos is Reckless—and Potentially Deadly | Clive Irving | July 2, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Leashed pets are allowed in the campground at Mazama Village and within 50 feet of any paved area, so feel free to circumnavigate the lake and enjoy those magical pullouts with your pet.
What happened to Earhart when she disappeared while attempting to circumnavigate the globe in 1937?Amelia Earhart: New Documentary Searches Underwater for Pilot and Her Plane | Jane Mendelsohn | August 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
How stale and trite the fleet of a Magellan to the adventurous soul who would circumnavigate the archipelagoes of the dead!Beyond | Henry Seward Hubbard
An exploring fleet was even sent under Phoenician pilots to circumnavigate Africa.Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations | Archibald Sayce
This is a large and deep bay, which it would have required a day's travel to circumnavigate.Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Had Columbus not wished with consuming ardor to circumnavigate the globe, he would never have encountered America.The Reconstructed School | Francis B. Pearson
After that the fish took a notion to circumnavigate the boat, which he proceeded to do in spite of protests from the fisherman.Days in the Open | Lathan A. Crandall
British Dictionary definitions for circumnavigate
(tr) to sail or fly completely around
- circumnavigable, adjective
- circumnavigation, noun
- circumnavigator, noun
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