Definitions for: Circumflex


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


Cir"cum*flex, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circumflexed;
p. pr. & vb. n. Circumflexing.]
To mark or pronounce with a circumflex. --Walker.


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.

See Also: diacritic, diacritical mark


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