Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of encroaching.
  • n. Football A violation of the rules in which a player enters the neutral zone and makes contact with an opponent prior to the snap of the ball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An entry into a place or area that was previously uncommon; an advance beyond former borders; intrusion; incursion.
  • n. An intrusion upon another's possessions or rights; infringement.
  • n. That which is gained by such unlawful intrusion.
  • n. An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of entering gradually or silently upon the rights or possessions of another; unlawful intrusion.
  • n. That which is taken by encroaching on another.
  • n. An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of encroaching or intruding or trespassing; an entering on the rights or possessions of another, and taking possession; unlawful intrusion in general; assumption of the rights and privileges of another.
  • n. The thing taken by encroaching.
  • n. Figuratively, the act of intruding gradually and as if by stealth; approach, seizure, or progress: as, the encroachments of disease.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. entry to another's property without right or permission
  • n. influencing strongly
  • n. any entry into an area not previously occupied

Etymologies

encroach +‎ -ment (Wiktionary)

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