from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Archaic To encircle.
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- v. to ingirt
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To gird; to encompass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To surround; encircle; encompass.
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The steersman,5 the boatswain, the lieutenant,6 the look-out-man at the prow, the shipright — these are the people who engird the city with power far rather than her heavy infantry7 and men of birth of quality.
The five on the left, engird all the sides, from the left flank outward: and therefore in arranging the companies, the pikemen ought to be placed so that they turn by that flank which in uncovered.
The steersman, (5) the boatswain, the lieutenant, (6) the look-out-man at the prow, the shipright -- these are the people who engird the city with power far rather than her heavy infantry (7) and men of birth of quality.
From the roots of the rocks underlying the gulfs that engird it around
Shalt see the horsemen engird Baghdad * Like clouds that wall the whole world below,
"Does not the chace," he would say, "now afford us equal pleasure? are not my dogs as swift, and these mountains as replete with game as those which engird my paternal residence."