Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Encompassing on all sides; surrounding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Ascribing to all aspects of; encompassing.
  • adj. Surrounding.
  • adv. in a circumambient manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Surrounding; inclosing or being on all sides; encompassing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Surrounding; encompassing; inclosing or being on all sides: specifically applied, in entomology, to the pronotum when the anterior angles are elongated in curved processes which form a circle above the head, overlapping in front.

Etymologies

From Latin circum ("around") + ambiō, from amb- ("both side") +  ("go"), literally "go on both sides of". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The point to this dissertation -- if point be allowed by courtesy -- is directed, in a measure, at a clergyman in this city, who told gleefully of the break of a church officer in a prayer meeting, and yet the same preacher on the following Sunday night, used, in a brief petition, the words "circumambient," "iridescent" and "corollary."

    Idle Comments

  • Philosophy, on the contrary, tends to think of the transfer from circumambient cultural context to cultural artifact as a big mystery.

    Crossroads of Philosophy and Cultural Studies: Body, Context, Performativity, Community

  • We are now beginning to understand the consequences of this new circumambient digital “reality.”

    The Tyranny of E-mail

  • Great Regulars: The poem's argument was as hard to remember as its language; it dissolved at once into the circumambient solemnity.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • For the circumambient bodies being in perfect rest, are a wall of adamant, and in that state make it a perfect impossibility for any other body to get into that space.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Religion will bind again these that were sometime frivolous, customary, enemies, skeptics, self-seekers, into a joyful reverence for the circumambient Whole, and that which was ecstasy shall become daily bread.

    Uncollected Prose

  • Look, they rush together, and Master Wamba is waving an immense banner over them, and knocks down a circumambient

    Burlesques

  • The personal element in the magnetic attraction exercised by this circumambient, unapproachable master of hers was so much stronger than the intellectual and abstract that she could not understand it.

    Wessex Tales

  • The dome rose but a little way above the general contour of the city, into the still twilight, and sloped away, shining greasily under a few distant lights, into a circumambient ditch of darkness.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • Anaxagoras, that the air endeavoring to make a passage out of the earth, meeting with a thick superficies, is not able to force its way, and so shakes the circumambient earth with a trembling.

    Essays and Miscellanies

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  • And fast the white rocks faded from his view,
    And soon were lost in circumambient foam;

    -- Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

    November 20, 2009

  • It is. Makes you want to walk around it slowly to admire it from all angles. ;-)

    February 11, 2008

  • Beautiful word.

    February 11, 2008

  • "'...Not to mention the countless devices to measure the speed of the vessel through the water by means of rotating vanes or the pressure of the circumambient ocean...'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 76

    February 11, 2008