One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Flowing round; surrounding.
- ‘As your breathing partakes of the circumfluent air, so let your thinking partake of the circumfluent Mind.’
- ‘The experimental results showed that the circumfluent hydro-cyclones with the separating columns had the higher separating efficiency and the lower pressure drop.’
- ‘While the circumfluent ocean is decorated with fish, no boats appear on the London map.’
- ‘Shown here is the Mediterranean Sea and a circumfluent Ocean Sea.’
- ‘It seems surprising that an island where so much moisture is continually exhaled from the circumfluent ocean should be parched with excessive drought.’
Late 16th century: from Latin circumfluent- ‘flowing around’, from the verb circumfluere, from circum ‘around, about’ + fluere ‘to flow’.
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