1. [syn: encroaching(a), invasive, trespassing(a)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Encroach \En*croach"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Encroached; p. pr.
& vb. n. Encroaching.] [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.]
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. --South.
Superstition, . . . a creeping and encroaching evil.
Exclude the encroaching cattle from thy ground.
Syn: To intrude; trench; infringe; invade; trespass.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: gradually intrusive without right or permission; "we
moved back from the encroaching tide"; "invasive
tourists"; "trespassing hunters" [syn: encroaching(a),