from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To take another's possessions or rights gradually or stealthily: encroach on a neighbor's land.
- intransitive v. To advance beyond proper or former limits: desert encroaching upon grassland.
- intransitive v. Football To commit encroachment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to seize, appropriate
- v. to intrude unrightfully on someone else's rights or territory
- v. to advance gradually beyond due limits
- n. Encroachment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another; to trespass; to intrude; to trench; -- commonly with on or upon
- n. Encroachment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To seize; take; take possession of; get; obtain.
- To enter, intrude, or trespass upon the possessions, jurisdiction, rights, province, domain, or limits of some other person or thing; infringe upon or restrict another's right in any way; specifically, in law, to extend one's possession of land so as to transgress the boundary between it and the rightful possession or enjoyment of another or of the public: with on or upon before the object.
- Figuratively, to intrude gradually; lay hold, as if by stealth or irresistible power: with on or upon before the object: as, old age is encroaching upon me.
- Synonyms Trench upon, infringe upon, etc. (see trespass, v. i.); to invade, violate, creep upon.
- n. The act of encroaching; encroachment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. impinge or infringe upon
- v. advance beyond the usual limit
Middle English encrochen, to seize illegally, from Old French encrochier, to seize : en-, in; see en-1 + croc, hook (of Germanic origin).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French encrochier ("seize"), from en- + croc ("hook"). (Wiktionary)