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- The act of encircling or the state of being encircled
- (military) The isolation of a target by the formation of a blockade around it
- 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society, published 2010, page 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.
act of encircling
isolation of a target