from The Century Dictionary.

  • To hedge in; inclose; surround.


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  • Whereat immediately descending from my horse, I sent Bartlett, your servant, with all _my_ servants, to circumsept the abbey [_i.e. _ to form a hedge round about], and surely to keep [guard] all back-doors and starting holes.

    The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey—Vol. 1 With a Preface and Annotations by James Hogg Thomas De Quincey 1822

  • And whilest I stood with excessiue delight beholding onely as an ignorant this rare companie and mysticall triumphes, circumsept with these and such like sorts, and so also the delicious fields, but that me thought it was a louely sight to behold, and so I should haue continued: then the gratious Nymph associating and leading me, seeing my simplicitie and carelesnes, with a ready countenance and sweete and pleasant words, without asking, she said thus vnto me: My _Poliphilus_, doest thou see these?

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame Francesco Colonna


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