Encompassing on all sides; surrounding.

cir′cum·am′bi·ence, cir′cum·am′bi·en·cy n.
cir′cum·am′bi·ent·ly adv.
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[C17: from Late Latin circumambīre, from circum- + ambīre to go round]
ˌcircumˈambience, ˌcircumˈambiency n
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(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--'
The circumambient ambience that has necessitated the threatened taking over of the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly by the National Assembly is not only maniacally bewildering, it's also opprobriously embarrassing.
But you can deduce season, rainfall, the beauty of the circumambient air around the medieval structure; above all, the passage of time.
In the excimer laser ablation procedure, changes in the circumambient temperature and humidity, attenuation of laser energy, and movement of the laser cutting plane can affect the treatment effect.
oppression--the subtle, unperceived weight of the circumambient air
Consider, once more, the universal cannibalism of the sea; all whose creatures prey upon each other, carrying on eternal war since the world began.(Melville 1954, 241) Anticipating the Jungian idea that the self is located at the centre, with the concomitant equation of the sea and the unconscious as constitutive of circumambient, archetypal fantasies, Ishmael proceeds to invite the reader to entertain a "strange analogy":
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.