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
The intense heat of some infernos can propel this soot and ash to altitudes so high that it can circumnavigate the globe.
The pretended circumnavigation of Africa by Eudoxus is referred to, as well as some geographical errors of Polybius.
The haphazard general management is well illustrated by the only brilliant achievement of the war—the Anson circumnavigation.Argentina | W. A. Hirst
By the union of these two parties, the circumnavigation of Lake Michigan had been completely made.Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The expedition now began to move westward in its slow circumnavigation of the lake, and came at length to Muiwanda.Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa | Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson
This was the first circumnavigation of the globe and demonstrated the grandeur of the discovery made by Columbus.The Greater Republic | Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for circumnavigate
(tr) to sail or fly completely around
- circumnavigable, adjective
- circumnavigation, noun
- circumnavigator, noun
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