• WordNet 3.6
    • n encroachment influencing strongly "they resented the impingement of American values on European culture"
    • n encroachment entry to another's property without right or permission
    • n encroachment any entry into an area not previously occupied "an invasion of tourists","an invasion of locusts"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Encroachment (Law) An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another.
    • Encroachment That which is taken by encroaching on another.
    • Encroachment The act of entering gradually or silently upon the rights or possessions of another; unlawful intrusion. "An unconstitutional encroachment of military power on the civil establishment."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n encroachment The act of encroaching or intruding or trespassing; an entering on the rights or possessions of another, and taking possession; unlawful intrusion in general; assumption of the rights and privileges of another.
    • n encroachment The thing taken by encroaching.
    • n encroachment Figuratively, the act of intruding gradually and as if by stealth; approach, seizure, or progress: as, the encroachments of disease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Encroachment act of encroaching: that which is taken by encroaching
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. encrochier, to seize—en-, and croc, a hook.


In literature:

She did not encroach on the Constitution.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
Thus have these people defended their property against the encroachments of the sea for many centuries.
"The Youthful Wanderer" by George H. Heffner
His empire was too remote to fear French encroachments or French ideas.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX" by John Lord
They were not going to tolerate the encroachments of the One Big Union of the lumber workers.
"The Centralia Conspiracy" by Ralph Chaplin
For love is an encroacher.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
But what excuse shall be made for the revival of this presumptuous encroachment on the divine prerogative in our days?
"Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
It could not be done without encroaching upon existing rights of the United States.
"A Compilation of Messages and Letters of the Presidents" by Editor: James D. Richardson
I shall not encroach too much on your time.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
In authorizing Major-General Jackson to enter Florida in pursuit of the Seminoles care was taken not to encroach on the rights of Spain.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
On one side was a grass-plot encroached upon by numerous raspberry vines.
"The Claim Jumpers" by Stewart Edward White

In poetry:

And still thou wanest, pallid moon!
The encroaching shadow grows apace;
Heaven's everlasting watchers soon
Shall see thee blotted from thy place.
"The Waning Moon" by William Cullen Bryant
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
As envy pines at good possess’d,
So jealously looks forth distress’d
On good that seems approaching;
And, if success his steps attend,
Discerns a rival in a friend,
And hates him for encroaching.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
There,--when woodland hills encroach
On the shadowy winding waters,
And the bluets, April's daughters,
At the darling Spring's approach,
Star their myriads through the trees,--
All the land is one with peace.
"Along The Stream" by Madison Julius Cawein
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
Boodle battled strenuously, on his rival's ground encroaching;
Fearlessly the Foodle faction sneaked the other Party's views;
Full of fight were both opponents; the elections were approaching;
And upon mere Public Business none had any time to lose.
"Git-Yer-Gun" by C J Dennis

In news:

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.
Goby fish shown with coral, which has been found to release a chemical alerting the fish to come and eat away at encroaching seaweed.
When is an encroachment not an encroachment.
Halting PK Encroachment Requires a Rule Rethink.
His failure to notice the massive encroachment by Chicago's Marco Pappa during the penalty kick taken by teammate Sebastian Grazzini against Dallas was so obvious, so blatant, that it really does look utterly inexcusable.
Mid-City residents living within BioDistrict New Orleans worry that health and science entities might one day encroach on their neighborhoods.
Holiday creep can be perplexing at best, but for some US retail workers, the encroachment of ever-earlier Black Friday store openings on their Thanksgiving celebrations is hitting far closer to home, or the lack thereof.
A proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would ban Sharia law in the state court system is either a pre-emptive strike against encroaching Islamic law in the US or an expression of Islamophobia, depending on who you ask.
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.
Cardiff Garcia of FT Alphaville and Heidi Moore of The Guardian explore the tradition of Black Friday shopping, and why it persists, despite the encroachment of online shopping holidays like Cyber Monday.
Superregulator Created by Dodd-Frank Law for First Time Faces Decision Whether to Encroach on Another Agency's Turf.
Robert Williams, who teaches German at Fairfax High School in Virginia, says students come in with negative images of Germany, and Mandarin is encroaching.

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