• WordNet 3.6
    • v encroach advance beyond the usual limit
    • v encroach impinge or infringe upon "This impinges on my rights as an individual","This matter entrenches on other domains"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Encroach Encroachment.
    • v. i Encroach To enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another; to trespass; to intrude; to trench; -- commonly with on or upon; as, to encroach on a neighbor; to encroach on the highway. "No sense, faculty, or member must encroach upon or interfere with the duty and office of another.""Superstition, . . . a creeping and encroaching evil.""Exclude the encroaching cattle from thy ground."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • encroach To seize; take; take possession of; get; obtain.
    • encroach To enter, intrude, or trespass upon the possessions, jurisdiction, rights, province, domain, or limits of some other person or thing; infringe upon or restrict another's right in any way; specifically, in law, to extend one's possession of land so as to transgress the boundary between it and the rightful possession or enjoyment of another or of the public: with on or upon before the object.
    • encroach Figuratively, to intrude gradually; lay hold, as if by stealth or irresistible power: with on or upon before the object: as, old age is encroaching upon me.
    • encroach Synonyms Trench upon, infringe upon, etc. (see trespass, v. i.); to invade, violate, creep upon.
    • n encroach The act of encroaching; encroachment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Encroach en-krōch′ to seize on the rights of others: to intrude: to trespass
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  • Louis D. Brandeis
    Louis D. Brandeis
    “The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal -- well-meaning but without understanding.”
  • Pasquier Quesnel
    Pasquier Quesnel
    “Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated, when it encroaches upon the rights of others.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. encrochier, to perch, prop., to hook, fasten a hook (perh. confused with acrochier, F. accrocher, to hook, get hold of, E. accroach,); pref. en-,L. in,) + F. croc, hook. See Crook, and cf. Accroach
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. encrochier, to seize—en-, and croc, a hook.


In literature:

The present rate of encroachment amounts, I was told, to nearly twelve feet a year.
"War in the Garden of Eden" by Kermit Roosevelt
Howbeit, what care our great encroachers?
"Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)" by Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed
Now and again the superfluity of ashes encroached on the live coals.
"The Frontiersmen" by Charles Egbert Craddock
It was as if new blood had come encroaching in their veins.
"Romance Island" by Zona Gale
It remained there under the management of Samuel G. Howe until the encroachments of business demanded its removal.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume II. No. 2, November, 1884" by Various
They are encroaching more and more on the trade of the restaurants and lunch rooms.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
Have you lately observed any encroachment on the just liberties of the people?
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The inhabitant became an early encroacher upon nor narrow streets, and sometimes the lord was the greatest.
"An History of Birmingham (1783)" by William Hutton
A hostile fate led him to encroach upon his friend's territory when he was least suspecting it.
"Ilka on the Hill-Top and Other Stories" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
He gazed at the menacing, encroaching fire, appalled.
"In Old Kentucky" by Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey

In poetry:

Happy he whom neither wealth nor fashion,
Nor the march of the encroaching city,
Drives an exile
From the hearth of his ancestral homestead.
"The Golden Mile-Stone. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Yet cliffs are sharp, encroached like pagodas Among the flowers they rise
Eternal nature always learns from us –
That makes my heart and soul rejoice.
"Nature" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Man and the present fit: if he provide,
He breaks the square.
This houre is mine: if for the next I care,
I grow too wide,
And do encroach upon death's side:
"The Discharge" by George Herbert
And when unerring death, at last,
Comes rushing on time's fatal blast,
And naught (not e'en my love) can save
Thy form from the encroaching grave,
I'll share that grave with thee.
""He For God Only, She For God In Him."" by Caroline Howard Gilman
When that day comes, oh, may this hand grow cold,
Busy, like thine, for Freedom and the Right;
Oh, may this soul, like thine, be ever bold
To face dark Slavery's encroaching blight!
"Elegy On The Death Of Dr. Channing" by James Russell Lowell
In heaven soaring up, I dropped an ear
On earth: and Oh, sweet melody:
And listening, found it was the saints who were
Encroached for Heaven that sang for joy. For in Christ's coach they sweetly sing,
As they to glory ride therein.
"The Joy if Church Fellowship Rightly Attended" by Edward Taylor

In news:

Planning butts heads with City Council over encroachments.
Planning Commission Chairwoman Beverly Blankenship clashed a bit with Eureka Springs City Council on Monday over the issue of private encroachments on city-owned property.
An encroachment penalty on Albia made it first and five at midfield for the Comets .
City officials say the planters built by Asa Dodsworth along the parking strip in front of his house violate city code, threatening hefty fines unless they're removed or he applies for an encroachment permit.
Encroachment over the years already has reduced the length of Runway 13/31 by at least 700 feet, making it the shortest runway at the airport.
To be sure, the bishops are very, very concerned about increasing governmental encroachments on religious freedom of recent years.
When is an encroachment not an encroachment.
Halting PK Encroachment Requires a Rule Rethink.
South African species threatened by human encroachment.
Wilmington City Council has approved plans for the Hotel Indigo project that would encroach onto city property.
Lipscomb University's expansion plans have some area residents concerned the school will continue to encroach upon the neighborhood.
Russian Rail to Lock in Locomotives as Tycoons Encroach.
For the last 3 weeks I've watched the police presence at the roundabout near 101 on Petaluma Blvd S change from enforcement to encroachment.
From battlefields to bridges, historic sites across the country are facing demolition, neglect and encroaching developments.
Superregulator Created by Dodd-Frank Law for First Time Faces Decision Whether to Encroach on Another Agency's Turf.

In science:

Indeed classical cryptography can not be encroach entire area of quantum cryptography.
A simple unbreakable code
Encroaching lists as a measure of presortedness.
Random Shuffling to Reduce Disorder in Adaptive Sorting Scheme
At low Etrue , fake jets can be seen encroaching on the low energy side of the distribution.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
Culture encroachment happens through the interplay of technology and everyday life.
The Japanese Smart Grid Initiatives, Investments, and Collaborations
These results encroach on LSND’s allowed region, but they do not rule out LSND.
MiniBooNE: the Booster Neutrino Experiment