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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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There is a wide variety of styles and quality in the art included, such as the symmetric and beautiful obsessions of Agustin Lesage, reminiscent of perhaps the most famous Brut artist, Adolf Wolfli, the art nouveau-like circumvolutions and biological motifs of Helen Butler Wells, and the haunting installations of thousands of pages by Vanda Vieira-Schmidt.
81] The operating principle of the successful literary or visual representation of "l'action genitale" is not the "droit fil" but, rather, the circumvolutions of the "fil d'Ariane" which reproduce the windings of the labyrinth.