Sunday, December 19, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Circumference

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary circumference is "the perimeter of a circle" or "the external boundary or surface of a figure or object". In the picture we can see an example of circumference, a ferris-wheel.

According to the Etymology Dictionary circumference comes from Latin circumferentia. Circumference is composed by circum- "around" and -ferre "to carry". 
Circumpolar has got the same roots as circumference. Other words with the root circum- are: circumnavigate, circumspect, circumflex.
Other words with the root ferr- are: ferry, reference , ferris wheel.


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