Around and Around: Circum – 10 Words


the size of something as given by the distance around it

That’s almost 10 times the circumference of the Earth, which is a surprisingly small 24,859.82 miles.BBC (Dec 1, 2014)

careful to consider potential consequences and avoid risk

The second penguin seemed more circumspect, pausing at length to examine the unfamiliar terrain.The New Yorker (Mar 12, 2015)

avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing

You really can circumvent the automated application and reach out to your hiring manager.Forbes (Aug 3, 2015)

a condition that accompanies some event or activity

All new human beings arrive vulnerable to circumstances over which they had no influence, but which, in turn, have enormous influence on them.New York Times (Oct 14, 2015)

suggesting that something is true without proving it

“It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.”Los Angeles Times (May 12, 2015)

an indirect way of expressing something

We encourage candor to the point of tactlessness: No circumlocution, no fancy rhetoric, no beating around the bush.Forbes (Mar 29, 2013)

restrict or confine

Here lies a paradox of the road trip: It is a venture into the open frontier, circumscribed by the narrow confines of an automobile.New York Times (Sep 15, 2014)

a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality

Exclamations often have a circumflex inflection, as “Really!” spoken in a sarcastic tone; that is, the pitch rises and falls.Baum, Paull Franklin

travel completely around something

By 1522, Magellan’s expedition had successfully circumnavigated the globe, and Spanish colonies were sprouting across the Americas — Hispaniola, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Panama, Mexico.Washington Post

walk around something

In the evening, hundreds of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa or meditate quietly in its shadows.Wall Street Journal (May 26, 2010)

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