- something that surrounds.
- surroundings, environing things, circumstances, conditions, etc.; environment: He was too sick to be aware of his surroundings.
- the act of encircling or enclosing.
- enclosing or encircling.
- being the environment or adjacent area.
Origin of surrounding
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- to enclose on all sides; encompass: She was surrounded by reporters.
- to form an enclosure round; encircle: A stone wall surrounds the estate.
- to enclose (a body of troops, a fort or town, etc.) so as to cut off communication or retreat.
- something that surrounds, as the area, border, etc., around an object or central space: a tile surround for the shower stall.
- environment or setting: The designer created a Persian surround for the new restaurant.
- a means of hunting in which wild animals are encircled and chased into a special spot that makes their escape impossible.
- the act of hunting by this means.
- the location encircled by hunters using this means.
Origin of surround
Examples from the Web for surrounding
The families announced along with it that they had entered a “phase of silence” surrounding the details of the new deal.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
There are lovingly tended flower beds along each road and surrounding every barrack.Afghanistan, We Hardly Knew You
December 8, 2014
Some urban cores have recovered nicely, but most often the surrounding city areas have continued to see slow or negative growth.The Progressives’ War on Suburbia
November 16, 2014
The panels produce electricity, which can charge phones and laptops through USB ports embedded in the surrounding benches.Parks and Regeneration
The Daily Beast
November 3, 2014
Skeletons and calavera motifs, surrounding Latin women, feature prominently in his paintings.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
Quite often the cave gave way to the pressure of the surrounding rock.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The conflict in the surrounding shrubbery had already almost ceased.Ridgeway
Furthermore, the mush of “vegetables” surrounding the house was more than fulfilled.The Law-Breakers
But this is his manner of approaching and surrounding a question.Theaetetus
The tale of the grasshoppers is naturally suggested by the surrounding scene.Phaedrus
- to encircle or enclose or cause to be encircled or enclosed
- to deploy forces on all sides of (a place or military formation), so preventing access or retreat
- to exist aroundI dislike the people who surround her
- mainly British a border, esp the area of uncovered floor between the walls of a room and the carpet or around an opening or panel
- mainly US
- a method of capturing wild beasts by encircling the area in which they are believed to be
- the area so encircled
Word Origin and History for surrounding
early 15c., "to flood, overflow," from Middle French soronder "to overflow, abound, surpass, dominate," from Late Latin superundare "overflow," from Latin super "over" (see super-) + undare "to flow in waves," from unda "wave" (see water (n.); and cf. abound). Sense of "to shut in on all sides" first recorded 1610s, influenced by figurative meaning in French of "dominate," and by sound association with round. Related: Surrounded; surrounding.