Definitions

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

  • adjective Flowing around or surrounding.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Flowing around; surrounding as a fluid.

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

  • adjective Flowing round; surrounding in the manner of a fluid.

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

  • adjective Flowing round; surrounding in the manner of a fluid.

Etymologies

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Latin circumfluere, from circum- around + fluere flow.

Examples

  • For what princely traveller sojourning here incognito, could they be intended, those glaucous plums, luminous and spherical as was at that moment the circumfluent sea, transparent grapes clustering on a shrivelled stick, like a fine day in autumn, pears of a heavenly ultramarine?

    Within a Budding Grove

  • Her nakedness yielded to him, radiant, warm, odorous and lavish-limbed, enfolded him like a shining cloud, enfolded him like water with a liquid life; and like a cloud of vapour or like waters circumfluent in space the liquid letters of speech, symbols of the element of mystery, flowed forth over his brain.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • Her nakedness yielded to him, radiant, warm, odorous and lavish-limbed, enfolded him like a shining cloud, enfolded him like water with a liquid life; and like a cloud of vapour or like waters circumfluent in space the liquid letters of speech, symbols of the element of mystery, flowed forth over his brain.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • Her nakedness yielded to him, radiant, warm, odorous and lavish-limbed, enfolded him like a shining cloud, enfolded him like water with a liquid life; and like a cloud of vapour or like waters circumfluent in space the liquid letters of speech, symbols of the element of mystery, flowed forth over his brain.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • At first, they made sweet inarticulate music alone; but, by-and-by, the sound seemed to begin to take shape, and to be gradually moulding itself into words; till, at last, I seemed able to distinguish these, half-dissolved in a little ocean of circumfluent tones: "A great good is coming -- is coming -- is coming to thee, Anodos"; and so over and over again.

    Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women

  • Magellan had shown that the world was round and poised in space, instead of flat and surrounded by a circumfluent ocean.

    The History of Education; educational practice and progress considered as a phase of the development and spread of western civilization

  • "Shall we not crack a bottle together on this side of the circumfluent Oceanus?"

    The Crown of Life

  • But presently she spied, somewhere in the dark, a group of faces, looking white through the circumfluent blackness, the eyes of them fixed in amaze, if not in terror, upon herself.

    Weighed and Wanting

  • At first, they made sweet inarticulate music alone; but, by-and-by, the sound seemed to begin to take shape, and to be gradually moulding itself into words; till, at last, I seemed able to distinguish these, half-dissolved in a little ocean of circumfluent tones: "A great good is coming -- is coming -- is coming to thee, Anodos;" and so over and over again.

    Phantastes, a Faerie Romance for Men and Women

  • O thou great Enchantress, to whom are equally subject the streets of Paris and the realm of Faerie, thou who hast sounded to the deeps that circumfluent ocean called "practical human life," and hast taught the acutest of its navigators to consider how far its courses are guided by orbs in heaven, -- canst thou solve this riddle which, if it perplexes me, must perplex so many?

    The Parisians — Complete

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