from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several marks, especially ( ^ ), used over a vowel in certain languages or in phonetic keys to indicate quality of pronunciation.
- adj. Having this mark.
- adj. Curving around: a circumflex blood vessel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A diacritical mark: 〈ˆ〉 placed over a vowel in certain languages to change its pronunciation; also used in combination with certain consonants in Esperanto to create additional letters.
- adj. Having this mark.
- adj. Curving around
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wave of the voice embracing both a rise and fall or a fall and a rise on the same a syllable.
- n. A character, or accent, denoting in Greek a rise and of the voice on the same long syllable, marked thus [~ or �]; and in Latin and some other languages, denoting a long and contracted syllable, marked [� or ^]. See Accent, n., 2.
- transitive v. To mark or pronounce with a circumflex.
- adj. Moving or turning round; circuitous.
- adj. Curved circularly; -- applied to several arteries of the hip and thigh, to arteries, veins, and a nerve of the shoulder, and to other parts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Moved or turned round.
- Curved; winding about: used in anatomy in the specific description of several parts. See below.
- Pronounced with or indicating the tone called circumflex.
- Marked with the accentual sign designating such pronunciation.
- Of the thigh, one of two branches, anterior and posterior, of the profunda femoris artery, supplying muscles of the thigh.
- n. A certain accent or tone of voice in the utterance of a syllable, consisting in a higher or acute tone followed by a lower or grave tone within the same syllable.
- n. The sign used to mark a vowel so accented.
- n. The same mark (ˆ, ⌢, ˜) used as the sign of a long vowel in certain languages, and as a diacritical mark in phonetic notation.
- n. In elocution, a combined rising and falling or falling and rising inflection on a word or syllable, to express surprise, mockery, etc.
- To pronounce with the accent or intonation called the circumflex.
- To mark or designate with the sign of such accentuation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality
From Latin circumflexus, bent around, circumflex, past participle of circumflectere, to bend around : circum-, circum- + flectere, to bend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin circumflexus ("bent about"), which is the past participle of circumflectere and a calque of Ancient Greek περισπώμενος (perispomenos, "drawn around"). (Wiktionary)