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Circular Sailing.* Former name for 'Great circle sailing'.

Circular Storm.* Former name for a cyclonic storm.

Circulating Pump. Centrifugal, or double-acting pump, that draws water from sea and delivers it at external surfaces of condenser tubes, so condensing exhaust steam from engines.

Circulation. Process by which water in a boiler is moved so that the whole mass is of uniform temperature. Partly done by con­vection, but hastened by pump and special fittings.

Circummeridian. About or near the meridian.

Circumnavigate. To sail completely around. Sometimes especially applied to sailing around Earth.


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