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  • adj. enclosing, skirting
  • v. Present participle of encircle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. surrounding.

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

  • adj. being all around the edges; enclosing


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  • The late Mr. Larrabbee's name was still printed on millions of bright labels encircling cubes of tobacco, now manufactured by a Trust.

    The Inside of the Cup — Complete

  • The left, facing to the south and southwest, beginning just above Dover, on the point of a ridge extending nearly to the river between the two small brooks, continued out from the river along this ridge to its western extremity, and thence across the valley of the small curved stream described as encircling

    From Fort Henry to Corinth

  • These reefs, however, vary in construction; some are called encircling reefs, when they appear at a distance from the shore, and a lagoon intervenes; others are called fringing reefs, which are joined to the land, and extend out from it without any lagoon.

    The Cruise of the Dainty Rovings in the Pacific

  • Such reefs as these are called "encircling" when they surround an island; and "barrier" reefs, when they stretch parallel with the coast of a continent.

    Autobiography and Selected Essays

  • The German newspapers were full of talk about the British policy of 'encircling' Germany in order to attack and destroy her, which they attributed mainly to

    The Expansion of Europe

  • True, the German Press sought to represent those efforts as directed towards the "encircling" (_Einkreisung_) of Germany.

    The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)

  • In a political document yet to be made public, they also claimed the US was "encircling" China through India and suggested that Nepal should adopt a policy of equi-distance with New Delhi and Beijing taking into consideration the geopolitical situation, The Kathmandu Post reported.

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  • Vladimir Putin concerning the "encircling" of his country by aggressive titans like Estonia and Kosovo and Georgia, still it does contain a truth.

    Terry Glavin

  • make sure that , if and when you do decide to go, you secure a seat close enough to observe closely the occupants of the first four rows 'encircling' the ring

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  • Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is located on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

    Indonesian volcano erupts; no evacuation


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  • My adjectival use: 'They were protected by the encircling crowd.'

    August 22, 2011