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1. broad in scope or content;
- Example: "across-the-board pay increases"
- Example: "an all-embracing definition"
- Example: "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"
- Example: "an invention with broad applications"
- Example: "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner
- Example: "granted him wide powers"
[syn: across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket(a), broad, encompassing, extensive, panoptic, wide]

2. closely encircling;
- Example: "encompassing mountain ranges"
- Example: "the surrounding countryside"
[syn: encompassing(a), surrounding(a), circumferent]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

encompassing \encompassing\ adj. closely enveloping or surrounding on all sides. Syn: ambient, enveloping, surrounding(prenominal). [WordNet 1.5]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Encompass \En*com"pass\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encompassed; p. pr. & vb. n. Encompassing.] To circumscribe or go round so as to surround closely; to encircle; to inclose; to environ; as, a ring encompasses the finger; an army encompasses a city; a voyage encompassing the world. --Shak. [1913 Webster] A question may be encompassed with difficulty. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster] The love of all thy sons encompass thee. --Tennyson. Syn: To encircle; inclose; surround; include; environ; invest; hem in; shut up. [1913 Webster]