[sur-kuh m-vuh-loo-shuh n]
- the act of rolling or turning around: planetary circumvolution.
- a single complete turn or cycle.
- a winding or folding about something: the circumvolutions of a boa.
- a fold so wound: the circumvolution of a snail shell.
- a winding in a sinuous course; a sinuosity: the circumvolutions of the river.
- a roundabout course or procedure, or an instance of such: The speaker's circumvolutions bored the audience to tears.
Origin of circumvolution
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No doubt was possible: the two lobes, the circumvolution of the brain to the minute red lines of the blood-vessels, all was there.The Ancient Cities of the New World
- the act of turning, winding, or folding around a central axis
- a single complete turn, cycle, or fold
- anything winding or sinuous
- a roundabout course or procedure
C15: from Medieval Latin circumvolūtiō, from Latin circumvolvere, from circum- + volvere to roll
Word Origin and History for circumvolution
mid-15c., noun of action from past participle stem of Latin circumvolvere "to revolve through, to roll around" (see circumvolve).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper