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

  • n. The circular movement of a limb such that the distal end of the limb delineates an arc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The circular (or, more precisely, conical) movement of a body part, such as a ball-and-socket joint or the eye. It consists of a combination of flexion, extension, adduction, and abduction. "Windmilling" the arms or rotating the hand from the wrist are examples of circumductive movement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leading about; circumlocution.
  • n. An annulling; cancellation.
  • n. The rotation of a limb round an imaginary axis, so as to describe a conical surface.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A leading about.
  • n. In anatomy, the act of circumducting a limb. See circumduct, 2.
  • n. In old English law, an annulling; cancelation.

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

  • n. a circular movement of a limb or eye


Latin circumductiō, circumductiōn-, act of leading around, from circumductus, past participle of circumdūcere, to lead around : circum-, circum- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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