Definition of circumpolar in English:


Line breaks: cir¦cum|po¦lar
Pronunciation: /səːkəmˈpəʊlə


  • 1Situated around or inhabiting one of the earth’s poles: circumpolar arctic areas
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    • But it is equally applicable to rural and remote areas in much of the world, and in sparsely populated regions such as the Arctic circumpolar area.
    • About 100,000 inhabit northern circumpolar waters in at least 29 separate stocks, with the largest concentration in Canada's Hudson Bay.
    • Daily mean temperature and total daily precipitation records were obtained from climatic stations for the circumpolar Arctic for the decades 1976-85 and 1986-95.
  • 1.1 Astronomy (Of a star or motion) above the horizon at all times in a given latitude: the Plough is circumpolar from Britain
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    • Since the compass had not yet been invented, there are two ways this could have been accomplished: by celestial sightings, using a circumpolar star, or by sighting on the sun.
    • One idiosyncrasy of this method was that because these two stars were circumpolar (they never set), they could be seen from Egypt year - round.
    • In other higher latitudes, it would become circumpolar, never setting - the land of the midnight moon, one could say.

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