Definition of circumnavigation in English:



  • 1The action or process of sailing or otherwise travelling all the way around something, especially the world.

    ‘he completed the fastest solo circumnavigation in a small vessel’
    ‘the first circumnavigation of the globe in a helicopter’
    • ‘A nonstop circumnavigation is a huge test for any skipper.’
    • ‘The decisive event in Elizabethan western expansion was Drake's circumnavigation voyage of 1577-1580.’
    • ‘The ship conducted a counterclockwise circumnavigation of mainland Australia, with a slight detour to Christmas Island.’
    • ‘I remember watching the video diary of her lone circumnavigation around the world.’
    • ‘No doubt he will make a few new friends starting next summer on his 30-month circumnavigation of the Arctic Circle.’
    • ‘The Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe lasted five years, from 1831 to 1836.’
    • ‘He's led more than 30 expeditions, including the first polar circumnavigation of the earth.’
    • ‘In the Egyptian scheme of things, a boat carrying the sun made a daily circumnavigation.’
    • ‘He achieved his circumnavigation without any electronic aids or the assistance of modern satellite communication technology.’
    • ‘This is the latest leg in his third circumnavigation of the globe in 14 years.’
    1. 1.1 The action of going around or avoiding an obstacle.
      ‘our leisurely circumnavigation of the rocks’
      • ‘The game design is such that there are no open spaces that allow for effortless circumnavigation of foes.’
      • ‘The streets are spared from heavy through traffic by the squares, which provide monuments on axis that require slow-speed circumnavigation.’
      • ‘This part includes circumnavigation of obstacles by robots.’
      • ‘Another version of the physical challenge is chair circumnavigation, which is even more painful.’
      • ‘There is contingency fuel on board for unforeseen changes, such as circumnavigation of bad weather or stronger headwinds.’
    2. 1.2 The action of avoiding something difficult or unpleasant.
      ‘a circumnavigation of the simple facts’
      • ‘How implicated is the traditional doctrine of inspiration with the circumnavigation of authority?’
      • ‘One has the distinct sense of their returning to the home port after a long and uncomfortable circumnavigation of the idea of being "human."’
      • ‘I need that drink to aid in the circumnavigation of uncomfortable questions.’
      • ‘Against this circumnavigation of every thought by other, rugged little thoughts, is set the grim forward march of Ahab's will.’
      • ‘They will attempt every circumnavigation of the truth rather than state a barefaced lie.’