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.
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.