Definition of engirdle in English:


(also engird)


[with object]literary
  • Surround; encircle.

    ‘railways engirdled this tract of country’
    • ‘Here, in addition to the eastern dome and south-eastern tower, we see a portion of this gallery as it engirdles the nave and the south transept walls.’
    • ‘An hour's journey brought them to the bank of the river, which, dividing above it, engirdled the town, to reunite near the roadway that they followed.’
    surround, circle, ring, encompass, encircle, circumscribe, border, bound, edge, skirt, fringe, hem, line, flank
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