from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several marks, especially ( ^ ), used over a vowel in certain languages or in phonetic keys to indicate quality of pronunciation.
- adj. Having this mark.
- adj. Curving around: a circumflex blood vessel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A diacritical mark: 〈ˆ〉 placed over a vowel in certain languages to change its pronunciation; also used in combination with certain consonants in Esperanto to create additional letters.
- adj. Having this mark.
- adj. Curving around
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wave of the voice embracing both a rise and fall or a fall and a rise on the same a syllable.
- n. A character, or accent, denoting in Greek a rise and of the voice on the same long syllable, marked thus [~ or �]; and in Latin and some other languages, denoting a long and contracted syllable, marked [� or ^]. See Accent, n., 2.
- transitive v. To mark or pronounce with a circumflex.
- adj. Moving or turning round; circuitous.
- adj. Curved circularly; -- applied to several arteries of the hip and thigh, to arteries, veins, and a nerve of the shoulder, and to other parts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Moved or turned round.
- Curved; winding about: used in anatomy in the specific description of several parts. See below.
- Pronounced with or indicating the tone called circumflex.
- Marked with the accentual sign designating such pronunciation.
- Of the thigh, one of two branches, anterior and posterior, of the profunda femoris artery, supplying muscles of the thigh.
- n. A certain accent or tone of voice in the utterance of a syllable, consisting in a higher or acute tone followed by a lower or grave tone within the same syllable.
- n. The sign used to mark a vowel so accented.
- n. The same mark (ˆ, ⌢, ˜) used as the sign of a long vowel in certain languages, and as a diacritical mark in phonetic notation.
- n. In elocution, a combined rising and falling or falling and rising inflection on a word or syllable, to express surprise, mockery, etc.
- To pronounce with the accent or intonation called the circumflex.
- To mark or designate with the sign of such accentuation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality
He walked out as matter-of-coursely as if he had dropped in to ask the meaning of "circumflex," or who invented smallpox, or the name of Adam's house-cat, or how long it would take her to do a graduation essay for his daughter -- or any such little things that librarians are prepared for most days.
(Hadn't heard "circumflex" since studying classical Greek.
Probably because she reminds me of my wife (right down to the Xena armor which is there in spirit) but chaucun a son gout (anyone know how to make HTML type a circumflex?)
The accent circumflex can be applied to upper - and lower-case vowels.
Ingvild, who had plucked away her nearly invisible blond eyebrows and who, by day, replaced them with penciled circumflex accents, opened the door so fast she nearly got punched by my pounding fists.
And if I regularly take the five heart-related prescriptions written for me on Tuesday, the stent should continue to do its work unstintingly, the circumflex and less circular arteries should keep the heart working, and I can die from something else!
There it was big as life ... or imminent death — the circumflex artery was 90 to 99 percent blocked.
The AFTER picture showed a far happier circumflex with blood flowing freely through it.
Aside from some interesting editorial issues -- the use of circumflex accents for long mark macrons, which is bizarre though not unexpected, and these weird "j" characters that keep popping up all over the place where I don't expect them -- it was a pretty useful little book.
Whether it's a blocked circumflex artery or a plan to land a massive malpractice suit, he knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.