surrounded, Richard fought on ferociously until his skull was crushed by a halberd.
Hilton described the media circus that surrounded her first moments out of jail as "pandemonium."
When they looked out the windows, they saw that they were surrounded by bandits with semiautomatic weapons.
early 15c., "to flood, overflow," from Middle French soronder "to overflow, abound, surpass, dominate," from Late Latin superundare "overflow," from Latin super "over" (see super-) + undare "to flow in waves," from unda "wave" (see water (n.); and cf. abound). Sense of "to shut in on all sides" first recorded 1610s, influenced by figurative meaning in French of "dominate," and by sound association with round. Related: Surrounded; surrounding.