Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • "Then heard he a voice say: Galahad, I see there environ about thee so many angels that my power may not dare thee."
    - Thomas Malory, 'The Holy Grail'.

    September 8, 2009