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 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, "An expedition reveals the perils of reading Dostoyevsky in Antarctica," 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, "Anchorage Parks and Rec director is retiring after decades of municipal service," 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, "A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas," 6 Aug. 2019 Weddell seals dive up to 2,000 feet deep, into the top layer of circumpolar deepwater. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Fitted With Sensors, Antarctic Seals Track Water Temperatures," 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, "Fitted With Sensors, Antarctic Seals Track Water Temperatures," 25 June 2019 This suggests that the circumpolar deep water may melt more ice in winter that in summer. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 At the same time, Iqaluit—like its circumpolar neighbors—faces a housing crisis of a different sort. Melody Schreiber, WIRED, "The Race to Save Arctic Cities As Permafrost Melts," 14 May 2018 Other circumpolar regions face infrastructure challenges from the warming earth. Melody Schreiber, WIRED, "The Race to Save Arctic Cities As Permafrost Melts," 14 May 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 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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