- 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.
Origin of circumnavigate
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Related Wordscourse, tour, lap, route, district, deviation, diversion, perimeter, tract, winding, circumscription, gyration, whirl, ambit, zone, area, periphery, way, circle, wheel
Examples from the Web for circumnavigation
December 27th: "Sailed from England on our circumnavigation."More Letters of Charles Darwin
One of his ships completed the first circumnavigation of the globe.
Their greatest undertaking was the circumnavigation of Africa.
The priests in yellow looked on, profoundly impressed by our circumnavigation.Hilda Wade
There are various accounts of the circumnavigation of Africa in old times.Mythical Monsters
- (tr) to sail or fly completely around
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Word Origin and History for circumnavigation
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