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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENCIRCLES

The frame of wood which encircles the upper part of the paddle-wheel.

From this, a wreath of "or" (gold) encircles the shield, reaching nearly the crest.

When heaven would save a man, it encircles him with compassion.

A tower broken by large openings, as in the Tower of Pisa, encircles it.

For the relation a crown has to him whom it encircles, the same the sea has to an island.

A broad and well-paved esplanade, 2½ m. long, encircles the shore.

This round is that part of the crown that encircles the head.

The purifying flame shoots upward, and is the glory that encircles their brows when they meet above.

The weapon is called the bolus, and flying through the air it encircles the legs of the guana, bringing it to the earth.

The love which unites two hearts is like the ocean of Homer which encircles both halves of the earth.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, from en- (1) "make, put in" + circle. Related: Encircled; encircling; encirclement.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.