[ sur-kuh m-volv ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈvɒlv /

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

to revolve or wind about.


Nearby words

  1. circumvent,
  2. circumvention,
  3. circumventricular organ,
  4. circumvolute,
  5. circumvolution,
  6. circus,
  7. circus maximus,
  8. cire,
  9. cire perdue,
  10. cirebon

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

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