[sur-kuh m-val-eyt]


surrounded by or as if by a rampart.
Anatomy. surrounded by a depression or wall-like ridge.

verb (used with object), cir·cum·val·lat·ed, cir·cum·val·lat·ing.

to surround with or as if with a rampart.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for circumvallation

Historical Examples of circumvallation

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

  • 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.


    Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for circumvallation



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

Word Origin for circumvallate

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




Surrounded by a ridge or wall-like structure.
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