circumflex


1cir·cum·flex

adjective \ˈsər-kəm-ˌfleks\

Definition of CIRCUMFLEX

1
:  characterized by the pitch, quantity, or quality indicated by a circumflex
2
:  marked with a circumflex

Origin of CIRCUMFLEX

Latin circumflexus, past participle of circumflectere to bend around, mark with a circumflex, from circum- + flectere to bend
First Known Use: circa 1577

2circumflex

noun

: a mark ˆ used in some languages (such as French) to show how a vowel should be pronounced

Full Definition of CIRCUMFLEX

:  a mark ˆ, , or ˜ originally used in Greek over long vowels to indicate a rising-falling tone and in other languages to mark length, contraction, or a particular vowel quality

First Known Use of CIRCUMFLEX

1609

cir·cum·flex

adjective \ˈsər-kəm-ˌfleks\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CIRCUMFLEX

of nerves and blood vessels : bending around

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: circumfluent
Previous Word in the Dictionary: circumferentor
All Words Near: circumflex

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up circumflex? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).