(En*com"pass*ment) n. The act of surrounding, or the state of being surrounded; circumvention.
By this encompassment and drift of question.Shak.
(En`core") adv. or interj. [F. The last part of the word is fr. L. hora hour. See Hour.] Once
more; again; used by the auditors and spectators of plays, concerts, and other entertainments, to call
for a repetition of a particular part.
(En`core"), n. A call or demand (as, by continued applause) for a repetition; as, the encores
(En`core"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encored ; p. pr. & vb. n. Encoring.] To call for a repetition
or reappearance of; as, to encore a song or a singer.
[Rebecca] insisted upon encoring one of the duets.Thackeray.
(En*cor"po*ring) n. [Pref. en- + L. corpus body.] Incorporation. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(||En`cou`bert") n. [F., Pg. encorberto, encuberto, lit., covered.] (Zoöl.) One of several
species of armadillos of the genera Dasypus and Euphractus, having five toes both on the fore and
(En*coun"ter) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encountered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Encountering.] [OF. encontrer; pref.
en- (L. in) + contre against, L. contra. See Counter, adv.] To come against face to face; to meet; to
confront, either by chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in opposition or with hostile intent; to
engage in conflict with; to oppose; to struggle with; as, to encounter a friend in traveling; two armies encounter
each other; to encounter obstacles or difficulties, to encounter strong evidence of a truth.
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him.Acts xvii. 18.
I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you.Shak.
(En*coun"ter), v. i. To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as enemies; to
engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies encountered at Waterloo.
I will encounter with Andronicus.Shak.
Perception and judgment, employed in the investigation of all truth, have in the first place to encounter
(En*coun"ter), n. [OF. encontre, fr. encontrer. See Encounter, v. t.]
1. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview.
To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd.Pope.
2. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter.
As one for . . . fierce encounters fit. Spenser.
To join their dark encounter in mid- air. Milton.
Syn. Contest; conflict; fight; combat; assault; rencounter; attack; engagement; onset. See Contest.
(En*coun"ter*er) n. One who encounters; an opponent; an antagonist. Atterbury.