One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Surround; encircle.‘railroads engirdled this tract of country’
surround, circle, ring, encompass, encircle, circumscribe, border, bound, edge, skirt, fringe, hem, line, flankView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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