from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To form a circle around; surround. See Synonyms at surround.
- transitive v. To move or go around completely; make a circuit of.
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- v. To surround, form a circle around.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To form a circle about; to inclose within a circle or ring; to surround
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To form a circle round; inclose or surround circularly; embrace as in a ring or circle; gird: as, luminous rings encircle Saturn.
- To encompass; surround; environ: as, the army encircled the city.
- To move about in a circular direction; make the circuit of.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. form a circle around
- v. bind with something round or circular
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Later, the populace again encircle the pole and dance throughout the night.
Chinese commentators have expressed concerned that the growing relations between India and the United States are an attempt to "encircle" China.
They took further measurements over a 24 hour period and two men trekked 4.3 miles (7 km) to "encircle" the pole area.
Bjaaland, Hassell, and Wisting trek 121/2 miles in three directions to "encircle" the pole area and set up markers (spare sledge runners).
One should, therefore, be exceedingly careful in avoiding any measures that would convey the impression that we are trying militarily to "encircle" the Russian Federation.
Pakistan believes India is attempting to increase its influence in Afghanistan as a means to "encircle" Pakistan, and India believes that Pakistan's ISI is responsible for supporting the Taliban.
In October, Karat upped the ante, saying the real problem with the deal was not the technical issues but the U.S. design to "encircle" China.
Tuesday, the Hour of the Tiger, 4: 30 A.M., to the Hour of the Dragon, 8 a.m. The word Wei-Chi consists of two Chinese words — Wei, which means to "encircle," and Chi, which means "piece."
According to this thinking, NATO expansion, Western support of the color revolutions and U.S. plans to "encircle" Russia with its global missile defense system are all elements of an insidious Western plot to bring Russia to its knees.
Even without the crisis, Pakistani generals were unmoved by American denials that Mr. Obama's engagement in Afghanistan is limited, and they still see the Afghan militants as their best tools to stop rival India from enlisting Afghanistan in a plot to "encircle" Pakistan after a U. S withdrawal, many experts believe.