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


circumambient (comparative more circumambient, superlative most circumambient)

  1. Ascribing to all aspects of; encompassing.
  2. Surrounding.
    • 1850, William Wordsworth, "The Prelude":
      Immense Is the recess, the circumambient world Magnificent, by which they are embraced:
    • 1915, W.S. Maugham, "Of Human Bondage":
      Philip seemed really to be born again. He breathed the circumambient air as though he had never breathed it before, and he took a child's pleasure in all the facts of the world.
    • 1927, H. P. Lovecraft, The Very Old Folk:
      Groups of citizens—broad-browed Roman colonists and coarse-haired Romanised natives, together with obvious hybrids of the two strains, alike clad in cheap woollen togas—and sprinklings of helmeted legionaries and coarse-mantled, black-bearded tribesmen of the circumambient Vascones—all thronged the few paved streets and forum; moved by some vague and ill-defined uneasiness.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 517:
      The growling circumambient toils of London around them fadedbefore the calm of these innocent precincts.



circumambient (comparative more circumambient, superlative most circumambient)

  1. in a circumambient manner

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