from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive & transitive verb To revolve or cause to revolve.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To turn or cause to roll about; cause to revolve.
  • To roll around; revolve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To roll round; to cause to revolve; to put into a circular motion.
  • intransitive verb To roll round; to revolve.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To revolve or move about.

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

  • verb cause to turn on an axis or center


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

[Latin circumvolvere : circum-, circum- + volvere, to roll; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]


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  • In addition, circumvolve means to 1. to enwrap, envelop, involve, encompass; 2. wind, fold, wrap, or twist round (Oxford English Dictionary).

    November 11, 2011