from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To attack from all sides.
- transitive v. To trouble persistently; harass. See Synonyms at attack.
- transitive v. To hem in; surround: "the mountains which beset it round” ( Nathaniel Hawthorne).
- transitive v. To stud, as with jewels.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To surround or hem in
- v. To attack, especially from all sides
- v. To decorate something with jewels etc
- v. Of a ship, to get trapped by ice
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects.
- transitive v. To hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to blockade.
- transitive v. To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; -- said of dangers, obstacles, etc.
- transitive v. To occupy; to employ; to use up.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set or place.
- To set or place upon; distribute over; bestud; besprinkle: now only in the perfect participle.
- To come upon or against; set upon in attack, or so as to perplex, endanger, or hem in; press upon severely, vigorously, or from all sides: as, to beset one with blows or with entreaties.
- To employ; spend; use up.
- To become; suit; look well on.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. assail or attack on all sides:
- v. annoy continually or chronically
- v. decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
Middle English bisetten, from Old English besettan; see sed- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)