from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To encircle; surround. See Synonyms at surround.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To surround; to encircle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To surround; to encompass; to encircle; to hem in; to be round about; to involve or envelop.
- adv. About; around.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- About; around.
- To surround; encompass; encircle; hem in.
- To go about; pass around; traverse the circuit of.
- Figuratively, to hedge about; involve; envelop: as, the undertaking was environed with difficulties.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
Middle English envirounen, from Old French environner, from environ, round about : en-, in; see en-1 + viron, circle (from virer, to turn; see veer1).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French enviruner, environner ("to surround"), from environ ("around"), from en ("in") + viron ("a turn"), from virer ("to turn, veer"). (Wiktionary)