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Definition of SURROUNDING

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Surrounding \Sur*round"ing\, a.
     Inclosing; encircling.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Surrounding \Sur*round"ing\, n.
     1. An encompassing.
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     2. pl. The things which surround or environ; external or attending circumstances or conditions. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 v.0.48 [gcide]

32 Moby Thesaurus words for "surrounding": abutting, adjacent, adjoining, ambient, bordering, circling, circumambient, circumferential, circumflex, circumfluent, circumfluous, circumjacent, claustral, confining, contextual, embracing, encircling, enclosing, encompassing, enfolding, enveloping, environing, environmental, limiting, local, nearby, neighboring, parietal, peripheral, roundabout, suburban, wrapping

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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