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3 definitions found
 for encompassing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  encompassing \encompassing\ adj.
     closely enveloping or surrounding on all sides.
  
     Syn: ambient, enveloping, surrounding(prenominal).
          [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Encompass \En*com"pass\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encompassed; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Encompassing.]
     To circumscribe or go round so as to surround closely; to
     encircle; to inclose; to environ; as, a ring encompasses the
     finger; an army encompasses a city; a voyage encompassing the
     world. --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           A question may be encompassed with difficulty. --C. J.
                                                    Smith.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The love of all thy sons encompass thee. --Tennyson.
  
     Syn: To encircle; inclose; surround; include; environ;
          invest; hem in; shut up.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  encompassing
      adj 1: broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay
             increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket
             sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention
             with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet
             nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers" [syn:
             across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing,
             all-inclusive, blanket(a), broad, encompassing,
             extensive, panoptic, wide]
      2: closely encircling; "encompassing mountain ranges"; "the
         surrounding countryside" [syn: encompassing(a),
         surrounding(a), circumferent]

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