verb (used with object)
- 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 surrounded
They are made in a social setting, surrounded by lots of other people with various ways to resist bad decisions.
The inauguration had to be held in the fortified Kremlin, surrounded by an eerily quiet city.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another picture showed him surrounded by a dozen or so fighters—some masked and others laughing.
At the end of the hearing Gruber walked out silently, surrounded by cameras and accompanied by his lawyer.
Especially not when the display in question includes an angel falling from the sky in flames, surrounded by Biblical verses.
These camps are on the crowns of the hills, and each is surrounded by a small ditch.Alone with the Hairy Ainu|A. H. Savage Landor
I thought of the temptations which surrounded a young girl like Lizzie--she is very, very pretty, dear girl!London's Heart|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
Gussie was then to be surrounded, hustled to a neighboring tree and tied to it.Marjorie Dean, College Senior|Pauline Lester
Le Grande made her way into the wings, surrounded by her little troupe.The Street of Seven Stars|Mary Roberts Rinehart
His men were surrounded and attacked as soon as they entered the city, and the attacks were kept up from day to day.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8|Charles H. Sylvester
British Dictionary definitions for surrounded
- a method of capturing wild beasts by encircling the area in which they are believed to be
- the area so encircled
Word Origin for surround
Word Origin and History for surrounded
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.