from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To walk around (something), especially as part of a ritual: "Circumambulate the city of a dreamy Sabbath afternoon” ( Herman Melville).
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- v. To walk around something in a circle, especially for a ritual purpose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To walk round about.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To walk round or about.
- To go round; search through.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. walk around something
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During the Hajj, Muslims uniformly circumambulate around the Holy Kaaba in what is known as 'Tawaaf', irrespective of gender, nationality or sect.
In the evening, hundreds of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa or meditate quietly in its shadows.
Indeed, saying this, I recall one elderly Khampa, a former bodyguard who used to come each day to circumambulate my residence in Dharamsala (a popular devotion).
You all studiously circumambulate this elephant in the room.
They offer him a bargain price for as much land as he can circumambulate in a day, and he walks on and on, taking in more and more rich grasslands and damp, fertile hollows.
A month-long fast and purification ritual in which devout Muslims often make a pilgrimage to Mecca called a Hajj, in which they circumambulate a large square block until the music stops, at which point they must sit down immediately, much like in our game of musical chairs, where whoever is left standing is out.
Cairene repaired to the Haram temple, to circumambulate the
Shai Oster Pilgrims circumambulate a holy Buddhist shrine in Labrang monastery.
If we have to journey to the house of a beloved, circumambulate around it seven times, but finally depart without meeting and seeing Him, every sound human being would wonder in astonishment.
The Sufis build shrines as graves for their masters, circumambulate them and light butter lamps, reminiscent of Buddhists 'practice around stupas of deceased masters.