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Encompassing on all sides; surrounding.

cir′cum·am′bi·ence, cir′cum·am′bi·en·cy n.
cir′cum·am′bi·ent·ly adv.


[C17: from Late Latin circumambīre, from circum- + ambīre to go round]
ˌcircumˈambience, ˌcircumˈambiency n


(ˌsɜr kəmˈæm bi ənt)

surrounding; encompassing.
[1625–35; < Late Latin circumambient-, s. of circumambiēns. See circum-, ambient]
cir`cum•am′bi•ence, cir`cum•am′bi•en•cy, n.
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He breathed the circumambient air as though he had never breathed it before, and he took a child's pleasure in all the facts of the world.
Whether marching amid his aides and marshals in the van of countless cohorts that endlessly streamed it over the plains, like an Ohio; or whether with his circumambient subjects browsing all around at the horizon, the White Steed gallopingly reviewed them with warm nostrils reddening through his cool milkiness; in whatever aspect he presented himself, always to the bravest Indians he was the object of trembling reverence and awe.
Finally, if we look to other oceanic islands of about the same height and of similar geological constitution, but not encircled by coral-reefs, we may in vain search for so trifling a circumambient depth as 30 fathoms, except quite near to their shores; for usually land that rises abruptly out of water, as do most of the encircled and non-encircled oceanic islands, plunges abruptly under it.
Captain Ellis looked upon himself as a sort of divine (pagan) emanation, the deputy-Neptune for the circumambient seas.
He struck it by saying, partly to Mrs Lammle and partly to the circumambient air, 'I consider myself very fortunate in being reserved by--'
Research in social sciences circumambient all the areas pertaining to qualitative and quantitative features.
The high point of the chapter, as is so often the case, is not in the poetic positioning of Rich (a neoromantic in contrast to Ashbery the postmodernist) but in the subtle close reading of selected poems, unpacked in terms of circumambient theoretical frames but also in terms of their verbal complexities.
between man and his circumambient universe, at the living moment"
Lawrence praises the novel as providing access to this version of truth, since the novel, better than the tomes of philosophy or science or the dogmas of religion, establishes mankind in relationship with "the circumambient universe" ("Morality and the Novel" 171).
Lane explains that Kaf is a chain of mountains that surround the Circumambient Ocean, which engirdles the whole earth (1: 19, 20, 21, 30, 118).
Wang is the Chinese translator of Paul Celan, and reading him one feels something like the presence of the great voices of an intense inwardness in twentieth century European poetry--Paul Celan, and also Boris Pasternak and Osip Mandelstam, and in a later generation Tomas Transtromer and Zbigniew Herbert, poets with a strong awareness of circumambient public violence who sought to make a space of private freedom in the poem word by word.