circumpolar

adjective
cir·​cum·​po·​lar | \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce circumpolar (audio) \

Definition of circumpolar

1 : continually visible above the horizon a circumpolar star
2 : surrounding or found in the vicinity of a terrestrial pole a circumpolar current circumpolar species

Examples of circumpolar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The games, first held in 1970, are a biennial gathering of young athletes from circumpolar regions around the globe. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2021 The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a Land, Sea, and Space Grant university and an international center for research, education, and the arts, emphasizing the circumpolar North and its diverse peoples. Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2021 FORTY YEARS ago, in the autumn of 1979, a group of British explorers set out from London on a seemingly impossible mission: a circumpolar navigation of the Earth. The Economist, 10 Oct. 2019 The mid-'90s were a busy time for Rodda, a lifelong athlete and coach who served as Arctic Winter Games host society president when Chugiak-Eagle River community hosted the circumpolar athletic and cultural event in 1996. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2019 Scientists think changing wind patterns are pushing a mass of middepth warm water, called circumpolar deepwater, up from the deep ocean and onto the continental shelf in front of Antarctica and toward Thwaites. Adam Rogers, WIRED, 6 Aug. 2019 Weddell seals dive up to 2,000 feet deep, into the top layer of circumpolar deepwater. Stephen Witt, WIRED, 25 June 2019 Seals tagged nearby in 2014 recorded new pathways where circumpolar deepwater was making its way onto the continental shelf. Stephen Witt, WIRED, 25 June 2019 This suggests that the circumpolar deep water may melt more ice in winter that in summer. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of circumpolar

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Circumpolar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circumpolar. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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circumpolar

adjective
cir·​cum·​po·​lar | \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce circumpolar (audio) \

Kids Definition of circumpolar

1 : continually visible above the horizon a circumpolar star
2 : surrounding or found near a pole of the earth

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