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English Dictionary: surround by the DICT Development Group
3 results for surround
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the area in which something exists or lives; "the country-- the flat agricultural surround"
    Synonym(s): environment, environs, surroundings, surround
  1. extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle; "The forest surrounds my property"
    Synonym(s): surround, environ, ring, skirt, border
  2. envelop completely; "smother the meat in gravy"
    Synonym(s): smother, surround
  3. surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna"
    Synonym(s): besiege, beleaguer, surround, hem in, circumvent
  4. surround with a wall in order to fortify
    Synonym(s): wall, palisade, fence, fence in, surround
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Surround \Sur*round"\, n.
      A method of hunting some animals, as the buffalo, by
      surrounding a herd, and driving them over a precipice, into a
      ravine, etc. [U.S.] --Baird.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Surround \Sur*round"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surrounded}; p. pr.
      & vb. n. {Surrounding}.] [OF. suronder to overflow, LL.
      superundare; fr. L. super over + undare to rise in waves,
      overflow, fr. unda wave. The English sense is due to the
      influence of E. round. See {Super-}, and {Undulate}, and cf.
      1. To inclose on all sides; to encompass; to environ.
      2. To lie or be on all sides of; to encircle; as, a wall
            surrounds the city.
                     But could instead, and ever-during dark Surrounds
                     me.                                                   --Milton.
      3. To pass around; to travel about; to circumnavigate; as, to
            surround the world. [Obs.] --Fuller.
      4. (Mil.) To inclose, as a body of troops, between hostile
            forces, so as to cut off means of communication or
            retreat; to invest, as a city.
      Syn: To encompass; encircle; environ; invest; hem in; fence
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