encirclement

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Etymology[edit]

From encircle +‎ -ment.

Noun[edit]

encirclement (plural encirclements)

  1. The act of encircling or the state of being encircled
  2. (military) The isolation of a target by the formation of a blockade around it
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 9:
      Not only did it give the Russians an abiding fear of encirclement, whether by nomadic hordes or by nuclear-missile sites, but it also launched them on their relentless drive eastwards and southwards into Asia, and eventually collision with the British in India.

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