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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
circumflex
noun
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▪ Slavic cheekbones caught the gentle light; one eyebrow was incomplete but the other was angled like a circumflex.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Circumflex

Circumflex \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.

Circumflex

Circumflex \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.

Circumflex

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
circumflex

1570s, from Latin (accentus) circumflexus, "bent around," past participle of circumflectere "to bend around," of a charioteer, "turn around" (from circum "around;" see circum-, + flectere "to bend;" see flexible); used as a loan-translation of Greek (prosodia) perispomenos (Dionysius of Halicarnassus), literally "drawn-around," with reference to shape.

Wiktionary
circumflex
  1. 1 having a #Noun mark 2 curve around n. (context orthography English) a diacritical mark ((l mul ˆ)) placed over a vowel in certain languages to change its pronunciation; also used in combination with certain consonant in Esperanto to create http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto_orthography v

  2. to mark or pronounce with a circumflex

WordNet
circumflex

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

Wikipedia
Circumflex

The circumflex is a diacritic in the Latin, Greek and Cyrillic scripts that is used in the written forms of many languages and in various romanization and transcription schemes. It received its English name from Latincircumflexus "bent around"a translation of the Greek περισπωμένη ( perispōménē). The circumflex in the Latin script is chevron-shaped ( ˆ ), while the Greek circumflex may be displayed either like a tilde ( ˜ ) or like an inverted breve (   ̑ ).

In English the circumflex, like other diacritics, is sometimes retained on loanwords that used it in the original language (for example, rôle).

The diacritic is also used in mathematics, where it is typically called a hat or roof or house.

Usage examples of "circumflex".

The street outside is flanked on both sidewalks by defiles of wheelchaired, blanket-lapped persons whose faces are obscured by what look like large and snow-dotted leaves, and the shades of the Portuguese grocery have been drawn and a ROPAS sign hung by a circumflex of twine in the pane of the front door.

Himself's film opens as a beautifully sad young bus-station male prostitute, fragile and epicene and so blond even his eyebrows and lashes are blond, is approached in the Greyhound coffee shop by a flabby, dissipated-looking old specimen with gray teeth and circumflex eyebrows and obvious temporal-lobe difficulties.

I was with the Philadelphia Institute expedition in the Bad Lands under Professor Cope, hunting mastodon bones, and I overheard him say, his own self, that any plantigrade circumflex vertebrate bacterium that hadn't wings and was uncertain was a reptile.

The use of the circumflex in other languages such as Adûnaic or Dwarvish has no special significance, and is used merely to mark these out as alien tongues (as with the use of _k_).

The three dots, most usual in forming writing for _a, _were variously written in quicker styles, a form like a circumflex being often employed.

Long vowels are usually marked with the 'acute accent', as in some varieties of Fëanorian script In Sindarin long vowels in stressed monosyllables are marked with the circumflex, since they leaded in such cases to be specially prolonged.

The use of the circumflex in other languages such as Adûnaic or Dwarvish has no special significance, and is used merely to mark these out as alien tongues (as with the use of k).

The three dots, most usual in forming writing for a, were variously written in quicker styles, a form like a circumflex being often employed.

The heavy black brows circumflexed Monk's eyes, and he drew down the corners of his wide mouth.

A circumflex accent in stressed monosyllables in Sindarin denotes the particularly long vowel heard in such words (thus H?