• WordNet 3.6
    • v encircle bind with something round or circular
    • v encircle form a circle around "encircle the errors"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Encircle To form a circle about; to inclose within a circle or ring; to surround; as, to encircle one in the arms; the army encircled the city. "Her brows encircled with his serpent rod."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • encircle To form a circle round; inclose or surround circularly; embrace as in a ring or circle; gird: as, luminous rings encircle Saturn.
    • encircle To encompass; surround; environ: as, the army encircled the city.
    • encircle To move about in a circular direction; make the circuit of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Encircle en-sėrk′l to enclose in a circle: to embrace: to pass round
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  • Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
    “The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. en-, + circle,: cf. OF. encercler,


In literature:

He turned his aching body, wincing at the movement, and stared dully through a low aperture in the encircling screen.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
A fat beastly Negro swept by encircling the frail figure of a while girl.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The Apostle sends out his desires and prayers so as to encircle the same area as the grace of God covers and as His love enfolds.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
It is the top of a hill, artificially lowered and encircled with galleries built by human hands.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
He reached the misty outskirts of the mass and began its encirclement, drawing a little nearer to its center with every circuit.
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
They were encircled by favorites and mercenaries.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
His legs were encircled with bands of iron, which, at their fastenings into the floor, were rusted.
"Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book" by Edmund Dulac
The heat was terrible in the town, which lay encircled by the vine-clad hills, as in a great caldron.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
A moment or so later Dr. McClain appeared at an opening between two of the trees in the encircling grove.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
The nightmare in which his life was encircled grew less real when he was with her.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens

In poetry:

And when encircled by the band,
Lingering torments, public shame,
Severity's most ruthless hand
Lacerates his manly frame:
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
Encircled by her arms as by a shell,
she hears her being murmur,
while forever he endures
the outrage of his too pure image…
"Narcissus" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Her soul, like the transparent air
That robes the hills above,
Though not of earth, encircles there
All things with arms of love.
"The Good Part That Shall Not Be Taken Away" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
From hill-encircled Windermere,
And all through happy Ambleside,
Where every nook and spot were dear,
A gentle Spirit was my guide.
"Grasmere" by Alexander Anderson
While the god with meek embraces,
Whispering all his sacred charms,
Softly folds her, gently holds her,
In his white encircling arms!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Yet not the gravest soldier of them all
Surveys a field with broader scope;
And who behind that sea-encircled wall
Fights with a loftier hope?
"Ripley" by Henry Timrod

In news:

There is exactly one stage prop at a Grinderman show: a massive, all-encompassing tarp that encircles the performance space from floor to ceiling.
Nestled on the banks of Laguna del Inca in the Chilean Andes, the Hotel Portillo is encircled by some of the best off-piste skiing in the Southern Hemisphere.
Two dozen of his men, frenzied and hollering, lowered their weapons and backed away from an encircled knot of prisoners.
Looked up this evening and noticed colorful wisps of clouds encircling the moon.
The new plate design unveiled Thursday has a blue image of the state's shape with 200 written across it and encircled by 19 stars symbolizing Indiana as the 19th state.
The SCRUM is a swimming-scrabbling-running race around Bridgewater 's headquarters via the pond, stream and rapids that encircle the building.
The largest storm seen on Saturn in more than 21 years has now been encircling the planet for a record-breaking 200 days.
CHEROKEE COUNTY — After talking for two hours about ongoing sexual abuse at the trusted hands of her stepfather, a precious seven-year old girl handed Forensic Interviewer Rebecca Cunio a drawing of a large heart encircled by smaller ones.
The frame the photographer creates can encircle the entire subject or flow around its parts.
The word "sunflower" brings to mind a mane of vibrant yellow petals encircling a dark whorl of seeds.
The team unveiled the name and logo , featuring a red rose encircled by thorns, Thursday morning.
Downtown Missoula , home to the University of Montana, as seen looking west over the city, which is encircled by hundreds of miles of trails.
The team unveiled the name and logo, featuring a red rose encircled by thorns, Thursday morning.
Thursday marked the grand opening of the 1.1-mile fitness trail that now encircles the hospital's property.
The missiles, housed in underground silos , encircled Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

In science:

E ) is the total flux encircled by an orbit of the particle with energy E .
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
Due to the randomness in the flux line positions, the number of the encircled lines fluctuates, and so does the total flux.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
To be precise, the correct expression is equal to the half-sum of two integrals with integration contours encircling the singular point λ1 = −iλ; λ2 = −iλ from above and from below.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
Abelian ideals of maximal dimension The fourth column in the table shows the Coxeter-Dynkin graph CDX of type X and the affine Coxeter-Dynkin graph CDbX with the node α0 encircled.
Abelian ideals in a Borel subalgebra of a complex simple Lie algebra
NP , where the configurations ∪(C ) are those of unions of clusters on the square lattice, with a total number NP of polygons encircling all clusters, and filling the medial square lattice of the original lattice [15, 14].
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity