[sur-kuh m-volv]

verb (used with or without object), cir·cum·volved, cir·cum·volv·ing.

to revolve or wind about.

Origin of circumvolve

1590–1600; < Latin circumvolv(ere), equivalent to circum- circum- + volvere to roll (see evolve) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for circumvolve

turn, circle, rotate, spin, orbit

Word Origin and History for circumvolve

1640s, from Latin circumvolvere "to roll round, revolve," from circum- (see circum-) + volvere "to turn around, roll" (see volvox). Related: Circumvolved; circumvolving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper