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encroach


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Encroach  \En*croach"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Encroached};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Encroaching}.]  [OF.  encrochier  to  perch,  prop.,  to 
  hook,  fasten  a  hook  (perh.  confused  with  acrochier  F. 
  accrocher  to  hook,  get  hold  of  E.  accroach);  pref.  en-  (L. 
  in)  +  F.  croc  hook.  See  {Crook},  and  cf  {Accroach}.] 
  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  as  to  encroach  on  a  neighbor;  to 
  encroach  on  the  highway. 
 
  No  sense  faculty,  or  member  must  encroach  upon  or 
  interfere  with  the  duty  and  office  of  another.  --South. 
 
  Superstition,  .  .  .  a  creeping  and  encroaching  evil. 
  --Hooker. 
 
  Exclude  the  encroaching  cattle  from  thy  ground. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  To  intrude;  trench;  infringe;  invade;  trespass. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Encroach  \En*croach"\,  n. 
  Encroachment.  [Obs.]  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  encroach 
  v  1:  advance  beyond  the  usual  limit  [syn:  {infringe},  {impinge}] 
  2:  impinge  or  infringe  upon  "This  impinges  on  my  rights  as  an 
  individual"  [syn:  {impinge},  {trench}] 




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