Definition of encircle in US English:



[with object]
  • Form a circle around; surround.

    ‘the town is encircled by fortified walls’
    • ‘I felt his arm encircle my waist and I looked up and he was looking down on me, smiling nervously.’
    • ‘The cuff is an inelastic cloth that encircles the arm and encloses the inflatable rubber bladder.’
    • ‘To Jude she looked like an angel, with her dark locks encircling her face and her eyes closed and edged in thick lashes.’
    • ‘While I was washing up the coffee cups I felt a pair of arms encircle my waist and a head lean on my shoulder.’
    • ‘I felt his arms encircle my waist, and suddenly, we were five years old again, nothing mattered except our childish games, there was no war.’
    • ‘She felt a steady grip around her right wrist and a strong arm encircle her waist.’
    • ‘I was about to let go when I felt his arm encircle my waist, and his chin rest on the top of my head.’
    • ‘I smiled to myself as a pair of strong arms encircled my waist, steadying me and holding on tightly.’
    • ‘Looking at the side of the fan reveals a thin band of conductive material encircling the fan surround and connecting to the power cord.’
    • ‘One of Matt's arms encircled my waist and the other held my hand.’
    • ‘Suddenly, I felt a pair of arms encircle my waist and pull me into an embrace.’
    • ‘Imagine her surprise when she felt the point of a knife on the small of her back, and a large arm encircling her waist.’
    • ‘I didn't get far though, before his arms encircled my waist and pulled me to his wet body.’
    • ‘She brought her arms up to encircle his waist, feeling the strong muscles of his abdomen beneath her hands where they rested.’
    surround, enclose, circle, ring, encompass, circumscribe, border, bound, edge, skirt, fringe, form a ring around, form a barrier round
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