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circumvallate

[sur-kuh m-val-eyt]
adjective
  1. surrounded by or as if by a rampart.
  2. Anatomy. surrounded by a depression or wall-like ridge.
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verb (used with object), cir·cum·val·lat·ed, cir·cum·val·lat·ing.
  1. to surround with or as if with a rampart.
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Origin of circumvallate

1655–65; < Latin circumvallātus (past participle of circumvallāre to surround with a wall), equivalent to circum- circum- + vall(um) rampart, wall + -ātus -ate1
Related formscir·cum·val·la·tion, nounnon·cir·cum·val·lat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for circumvallation

Historical Examples

  • She had enclosed it within too strong a line of circumvallation.

    Fifty-Two Stories For Girls

    Various

  • They surrounded the unhappy Jews with a wall of circumvallation.

    Tent Work in Palestine

    Claude Reignier Conder

  • Willinghegen is a small place one mile outside the circumvallation.

    Freaks of Fanaticism

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • My theory is also supported by the description of Titus' wall of circumvallation.

  • The Barbarians had no need of a circumvallation on the side of Africa, for it was theirs.

    Salammbo

    Gustave Flaubert


British Dictionary definitions for circumvallation

circumvallate

verb
  1. (tr) to surround with a defensive fortification
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Derived Formscircumvallation, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Latin circumvallāre, from circum- + vallum rampart
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circumvallation in Medicine

circumvallate

(sûr′kəm-vălāt′)
adj.
  1. Surrounded by a ridge or wall-like structure.
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