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

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SURROUNDS

Listen, and understand me when I say to you that everything which surrounds me is on my side.

All that surrounds him—all that belongs to him, is strangeness and mystery!

There is that immense sea which surrounds us, unfurrowed as yet by a single ship.

Can you not see how old and crumbled is the stone-work which surrounds it?

What happens to this meat, and what is going on in the water which surrounds it?

Who knows what confederates he may have even in this crowd which surrounds us?

To me only ye owe all that ye possess, all that surrounds you and that is above and below you.'

The country which surrounds this district is extremely interesting in point of scenery.

Although it surrounds them on all sides, they fail to recognise it.

You know, of course, that the blue sky is only the air that surrounds the earth.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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