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cir·cum·flex

 (sûr′kəm-flĕks′)
n.
Any of several marks, especially ( ^ ), used over a vowel in certain languages or in phonetic keys to indicate quality of pronunciation.
adj.
1. Having this mark.
2. Curving around: a circumflex blood vessel.

[From Latin circumflexus, bent around, circumflex, past participle of circumflectere, to bend around : circum-, circum- + flectere, to bend.]

circumflex

(ˈsɜːkəmˌflɛks)
n
(Phonetics & Phonology) a mark (^) placed over a vowel to show that it is pronounced with rising and falling pitch, as in ancient Greek, as a long vowel rather than a short one, as in French, or with some other different quality
adj
(Anatomy) (of certain nerves, arteries, or veins) bending or curving around
[C16: from Latin circumflexus, from circumflectere to bend around, from circum- + flectere to bend]
ˌcircumˈflexion n

cir•cum•flex

(ˈsɜr kəmˌflɛks)

n.
1. a mark (^ or ~) placed over a vowel in some languages to indicate that the vowel is long, as in French, pronounced with a rise and fall in pitch, as in Classical Greek, stressed, or pronounced with a particular quality, as the (â) in (âr) air.
adj.
2.
a. consisting of, indicated by, or bearing a circumflex.
b. pronounced with or characterized by the quality, length, stress, or pitch indicated by a circumflex.
3. bending or winding around.
v.t.
4. to bend around.
[1555–65; < Latin circumflexus=circum- circum- + flectere to bend]

circumflex

A mark (^) placed over a vowel in some languages, such as French, to show a change in pronunciation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.circumflex - a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality
diacritic, diacritical mark - a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
Translations
cirkumflex

circumflex

[ˈsɜːkəmfleks]
A. Ncircunflejo m
B. CPD circumflex accent Nacento m circunflejo

circumflex

[ˈsɜːrkəmflɛks] n (also circumflex accent) → accent m circonflexe

circumflex

nZirkumflex m

circumflex

[ˈsɜːkmˌflɛks] n (also circumflex accent) → accento circonflesso
References in periodicals archive ?
The circumflex accent will become optional for many words, as will other spelling changes which have purists rubbing their eyes -- much like the effect of peeling an onion, which can now be spelled "ognon" as well as the traditional "oignon.
The circumflex accent (AaAaAeAi), called "the hat" by teachers when fir teaching children how to speak and write French, would be optional under the new guidelines set by the French education ministry, along with new spellings of some other words.