circumferential

circumferential

[ser-kuhm-fuh-ren-shuhl]
adjective
1.
of, at, or near the circumference; surrounding; lying along the outskirts.
2.
lying within the circumference.
3.
circuitous; indirect: a circumferential manner of speech.

Origin:
1600–10; < Latin circumferenti(a) circumference + -al1

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circumference (səˈkʌmfərəns)
 
n
1.  the boundary of a specific area or geometric figure, esp of a circle
2.  the length of a closed geometric curve, esp of a circle. The circumference of a circle is equal to the diameter multiplied by π
 
[C14: from Old French circonference, from Latin circumferre to carry around, from circum- + ferre to bear]
 
circumferential
 
adj
 
circumfer'entially
 
adv

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