Surround Sur*round", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surrounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surrounding}.] [OF. suronder to overflow, LL. superundare; fr. L. super over + undare to rise in waves, overflow, fr. unda wave. The English sense is due to the influence of E. round. See {Super-}, and {Undulate}, and cf. {Abound}.] 1. To inclose on all sides; to encompass; to environ. [1913 Webster]

2. To lie or be on all sides of; to encircle; as, a wall surrounds the city. [1913 Webster]

But could instead, and ever-during dark Surrounds me. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To pass around; to travel about; to circumnavigate; as, to surround the world. [Obs.] --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mil.) To inclose, as a body of troops, between hostile forces, so as to cut off means of communication or retreat; to invest, as a city. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To encompass; encircle; environ; invest; hem in; fence about. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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