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intr. & tr.v. cir·cum·volved, cir·cum·volv·ing, cir·cum·volves
To revolve or cause to revolve.

[Latin circumvolvere : circum-, circum- + volvere, to roll; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]


to (cause to) turn around


(ˌsɜr kəmˈvɒlv)

v.t., v.i. -volved, -volv•ing.
to revolve or wind about.
[1590–1600; < Latin circumvolvere=circum- circum- + volvere to roll (see evolve)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.circumvolve - cause to turn on an axis or center; "Rotate the handle"
crank up, crank - rotate with a crank
turn - change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"
revolve, rotate, go around - turn on or around an axis or a center; "The Earth revolves around the Sun"; "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"
birl, twirl, whirl, spin - cause to spin; "spin a coin"
birl, birle - cause a floating log to rotate by treading


To move or cause to move in circles or around an axis:
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Coleridge wishes Hartley "could but promise himself to be a Self and to construct a circle by the circumvolving line--" (CL, V, 228; CL, VI, 551), a metaphor that simultaneously suggests centering and a ranging outward.
The icon of the Communist revolution, the starfish registers as the circumvolving principle behind the entire cinematic system of representational transformations and substitutions, of spectral doublings, of double- and triple-crossings that engulf Nabokov's novels, living on throughout all history--registering indeed as operator of "history" itself insofar as "history" names simply the appalling "upheaval," the principle of rotation that converts world into representation, metamorphoses matter into memory, and unleashes the entire nebula of shadows and shadow plays that, under the pseudonym "cinema," befogs the Nabokovian oeuvre.
Those who wrong you, wrong us; Those who hate you, hate us; Those who sting you, sting us; Those who bait you, bait us; The oracle is now about to be Fulfilled by circumvolving destiny; Which says: 'Thebes, choose reform or civil war .