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beset


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beset  \Be*set"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Beset};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Besetting}.]  [AS.  besettan  (akin  to  OHG.  bisazjan  G. 
  besetzen  D.  bezetten);  pref.  be-  +  settan  to  set  See 
  {Set}.] 
  1.  To  set  or  stud  anything  with  ornaments  or  prominent 
  objects. 
 
  A  robe  of  azure  beset  with  drops  of  gold. 
  --Spectator. 
 
  The  garden  is  so  beset  with  all  manner  of  sweet 
  shrubs  that  it  perfumes  the  air.  --Evelyn. 
 
  2.  To  hem  in  to  waylay;  to  surround;  to  besiege;  to 
  blockade.  ``Beset  with  foes.''  --Milton. 
 
  Let  thy  troops  beset  our  gates.  --Addison. 
 
  3.  To  set  upon  on  all  sides;  to  perplex;  to  harass;  --  said 
  of  dangers,  obstacles,  etc  ``Adam,  sore  beset,  replied.'' 
  --Milton.  ``Beset  with  ills.''  --Addison.  ``Incommodities 
  which  beset  old  age.''  --Burke. 
 
  4.  To  occupy;  to  employ;  to  use  up  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  Syn:  To  surround;  inclose;  environ;  hem  in  besiege; 
  encircle;  encompass;  embarrass;  urge;  press. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  beset 
  v  1:  annoy  continually  or  chronically;  "He  is  known  to  harry  his 
  staff  when  he  is  overworked"  [syn:  {harass},  {hassle},  {harry}, 
  {chivy},  {chivvy},  {chevy},  {chevvy},  {plague},  {molest}, 
  {provoke}] 
  2:  to  assail  or  attack  on  all  sides:"The  lioness..beset  by  men 
  and  hounds."  Pope  [syn:  {set  upon}] 
  3:  decorate  or  cover  lavishly  with  gems  [syn:  {encrust}] 




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