Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To surround with or as if with a rampart.
  • adj. Surrounded with or as if with a rampart.
  • adj. Anatomy Surrounded by a ridge or raised, wall-like structure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to surround with a rampart
  • adj. Surrounded with a wall; enclosed with a rampart.
  • adj. Surrounded by a ridge or elevation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To surround with a rampart or wall.
  • adj. Surrounded with a wall; inclosed with a rampart.
  • adj. Surrounded by a ridge or elevation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To surround with or as with a rampart or fortified lines.
  • Walled in; surrounded by or as by a parapet.
  • Also called calyciform papillæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification

Etymologies

Latin circumvallāre, circumvallāt- : circum-, circum- + vallum, rampart with palisades (from vallus, post, stake).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin circumvallare, from circum- + vallum ‘rampart’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.