1. [syn: surrounded, encircled]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
1. To inclose on all sides; to encompass; to environ.
2. To lie or be on all sides of; to encircle; as, a wall
surrounds the city.
But could instead, and ever-during dark
Surrounds me. --Milton.
3. To pass around; to travel about; to circumnavigate; as, to
surround the world. [Obs.] --Fuller.
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.
Syn: To encompass; encircle; environ; invest; hem in; fence
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: confined on all sides; "a camp surrounded by enemies";
"the encircled pioneers" [syn: surrounded, encircled]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
23 Moby Thesaurus words for "surrounded":
circumscribed, circumscript, compassed, defined, definite,
delimited, demarcated, determinate, determined, encircled,
enclosed, encompassed, enfolded, enveloped, environed, fixed,
hedged about, lapped, set, specific, stated, wrapped, wreathed