a prefix with the meaning "round about, around," found in Latin loanwords, esp. derivatives of verbs that had the general senses "to encompass or surround" (circumference; circumjacent; circumstance) or "to go around" by the means or in the manner specified by the verb (circumnavigate; circumscribe); on this basis forming adjectives in English with the meaning "surrounding" that named by the stem (circumocular; circumpolar).
[ < L circum around (acc. of circus; see CIRCUS, CIRCLE), orig. as an adv. fixed in relation to the v., later construed as a prefix]

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