Definitions

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

  • adjective Lying around; surrounding.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Lying about; bordering on every side.

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

  • adjective Lying round; bordering on every side.

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

  • adjective lying around; surrounding

Etymologies

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

[Latin circumiacēns, circumiacent-, present participle of circumiacēre, to lie around : circum-, circum- + iacēre, to lie; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin circa "around" + jacēre "to lie down"

Examples

  • “Even,” proceeds Sir Leicester, glancing at the circumjacent cousins on sofas and ottomans, “even in many — in fact, in most — of those places in which the government has carried it against a faction —”

    Bleak House

  • The reciprocity treaty, very lucidly advocated by Mr. Carter, and which means the cession of a lagoon with a portion of circumjacent territory on this island, to the United States, for a

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • As soon as I had alighted at an inn and had drunk my tea, I went out immediately to see the town and the circumjacent country.

    Travels in England in 1782

  • Ah! there is good blood in that old city, and in the whole circumjacent region of which it is the capital.

    Lavengro

  • The appearance of the circumjacent country had been preparing me for the change of scene which was to greet me when I reached the coast.

    Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

  • This point beats and moves as though endowed with life, and from it two vein-ducts with blood in them trend in a convoluted course (as the egg substance goes on growing, towards each of the two circumjacent integuments); and a membrane carrying bloody fibres now envelops the yolk, leading off from the vein-ducts.

    The History of Animals

  • Of the two ducts that lead from the heart, the one proceeds towards the circumjacent integument, and the other, like a navel-string, towards the yolk.

    The History of Animals

  • Miles knew nothing of such periods and processes, but he felt an incomprehensible tidal pull towards the circumjacent splendours.

    The Complete Stories

  • My best resource would be in the circumjacent history of the times, and perhaps in some digressions artfully introduced, like the fortunes of the Peripatetic philosophy in the portrait of Lord Bacon.

    Memoirs of My Life and Writings

  • The word the region round about, is used by the Jerusalem Gemara: "From Beth-horon to the sea is one region round about," or, one circumjacent region.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

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  • "It was hardly light enough for me to read, and my sense of the day's brightness and splendour was derived solely from the blows struck down below, in the Rue de la Cure, by Camus (whom Françoise had assured that my aunt was not "resting" and that he might therefore make a noise) upon some dusty packing-cases which, reverberating in the sonorous atmosphere that accompanies hot weather, seemed to scatter broadcast a rain of blood-red stars; and also from the flies who performed for my benefit, in their tiny chorus, as it were the chamber music of summer, evoking it quite differently from a snatch of human music which, heard by chance in high summer, will remind you of it later, whereas the music of the flies is bound to the season by a more compelling tie—born of the sunny days, and not to be reborn but with them, containing something of their essential nature, it not merely calls up their image in our memory, but guarantees their return, their actual, circumjacent, immediately accessible presence."

    -- Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, p 89 of the Vintage International paperback edition

    December 26, 2007

  • That passage is so poetic that it's difficult to figure out what's actually going on.

    December 26, 2007