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Pronunciation:  'surkum`fleks

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality

CIRCUMFLEX is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: diacritic, diacritical mark



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cir"cum*flex\, n. [L. circumflexus a bending round,
    fr. circumflectere, circumflexum, to bend or turn about;
    circum + flectere to bend. See {Flexible}.]
    1. A wave of the voice embracing both a rise and fall or a
       fall and a rise on the same a syllable. --Walker.
    2. A character, or accent, denoting in Greek a rise and of
       the voice on the same long syllable, marked thus [~ or ?];
       and in Latin and some other languages, denoting a long and
       contracted syllable, marked [? or ^]. See {Accent}, n., 2.
  2. \Cir"cum*flex\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circumflexed};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Circumflexing}.]
    To mark or pronounce with a circumflex. --Walker.
  3. \Cir"cum*flex\, a. [Cf. L. circumflexus, p. p.]
    1. Moving or turning round; circuitous. [R.] --Swift.
    2. (Anat.) Curved circularly; -- applied to several arteries
       of the hip and thigh, to arteries, veins, and a nerve of
       the shoulder, and to other parts.