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
Encircling it is another disk, composed mostly of hydrogen gas, detectable by
  radio telescopes.
But a new study of optical images has failed to detect any signs of structures
  encircling the natural satellite.
She's leaning against the low stone wall encircling the lighthouse.
Challenger's handler crossed the majestic set to center stage, with the
  national bird's impressive talons encircling his arm.
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