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 (sər-kŭm′və-lo͞o′shən, sûr′kəm-vō-)
1. An act of turning, coiling, or folding about a center, core, or axis.
2. A single turn, coil, or fold; a convolution.

[Middle English circumvolucioun, from Medieval Latin circumvolūtiō, circumvolūtiōn-, from Latin circumvolūtus, past participle of circumvolvere, to roll around; see circumvolve.]


1. the act of turning, winding, or folding around a central axis
2. a single complete turn, cycle, or fold
3. anything winding or sinuous
4. a roundabout course or procedure
[C15: from Medieval Latin circumvolūtiō, from Latin circumvolvere, from circum- + volvere to roll]
ˌcircumvoˈlutory adj


(ˌsɜr kəm vəˈlu ʃən)

1. the act of rolling or turning around.
2. a single complete turn or cycle.
3. a winding or folding about something.
4. a fold so wound: the circumvolution of a snail shell.
5. a winding in a sinuous course; a sinuosity.
6. a roundabout course or procedure.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin circumvolūtiō= Latin circumvolū-, variant s. of circumvolvere to circumvolve + -tiō -tion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.circumvolution - the act of turning or winding or folding around a central axis
rotary motion, rotation - the act of rotating as if on an axis; "the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"


Circular movement around a point or about an axis:
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The circumvolutions and the eccentric apex of the oospora are shown.
His characters' confidence, their circumvolutions and their forthrightness, could be construed as a trope for Cervantes's own bearing (Fuentes; Pena Diaz 85-101; Childers 14-23).
the circumvolutions that permeate Nho Augusto actions, we point out that