encircle

[en-sur-kuhl]
verb (used with object), encircled, encircling.
1.
to form a circle around; surround; encompass: to encircle an enemy.
2.
to make a circling movement around; make the circuit of.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see en-1, circle

encirclement, noun
unencircled, adjective
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encircle (ɪnˈsɜːkəl)
 
vb
(tr) to form a circle around; enclose within a circle; surround
 
en'circlement
 
n
 
en'circling
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

encircle
c.1400, from en- "make, put in" + circle. Related: Encircled; encircling.
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Example sentences
Dozens of sculptures with fierce faces encircle the structure and dozens more
  are part of the structure itself.
He thinks of the grad students who encircle the biggest celebrity at every
  reception.
To keep ants from reaching their goal, encircle tree trunks with sticky bands
  for several weeks.
The innermost fibers encircle the lower end of the urethra.
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