Encroachment to Endictment
1. The act of entering gradually or silently upon the rights or possessions of another; unlawful intrusion.
An unconstitutional encroachment of military power on the civil establishment.Bancroft.
2. That which is taken by encroaching on another.
3. (Law) An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another.
(En*crust") v. t. To incrust. See Incrust.
(En*crust"ment) n. That which is formed as a crust; incrustment; incrustation.
Disengaging truth from its encrustment of error.I. Taylor.
(En*cum"ber) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encumbered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Encumbering.] [F. encombrer; pref.
en- (L. in) + OF. combrer to hinder. See Cumber, and cf. Incumber.] [Written also incumber.]
1. To impede the motion or action of, as with a burden; to retard with something superfluous; to weigh
down; to obstruct or embarrass; as, his movements were encumbered by his mantle; his mind is encumbered
with useless learning.
Not encumbered with any notable inconvenience.Hooker.
2. To load with debts, or other legal claims; as, to encumber an estate with mortgages.
Syn. To load; clog; oppress; overload; embarrass; perplex; hinder; retard; obstruct; check; block.
(En*cum"ber*ment) n. [Cf. F. encombrement.] Encumbrance. [R.]
(En*cum"brance) n. [Cf. OF. encombrance. Cf. Incumbrance.]
1. That which encumbers; a burden which impedes action, or renders it difficult and laborious; a clog; an
impediment. See Incumbrance.
2. (Law) Same as Incumbrance.
Syn. Burden; clog; impediment; check; hindrance.
(En*cum"bran*cer) n. (Law) Same as Incumbrancer.
(En*cur"tain) v. t. To inclose with curtains.
(-en*cy) [L. -entia.] A noun suffix having much the same meaning as -ence, but more commonly
signifying the quality or state; as, emergency, efficiency. See -ancy.
(En*cyc"lic En*cyc"li*cal) a. [L. encyclios of a circle, general, Gr. in + circle: cf. F. encyclique.
See Cycle.] Sent to many persons or places; intended for many, or for a whole order of men; general; circular; as,
an encyclical letter of a council, of a bishop, or the pope.
(En*cyc"lic, En*cyc"li*cal), n. An encyclical letter, esp. one from a pope. Shipley.
(En*cy`clo*pe"di*a, En*cy`clo*pæ"di*a) n. [NL., fr. Gr. for instruction in the circle of arts
and sciences: cf. F. encyclopédie. See Cyclopedia, and Encyclical.] [Formerly written encyclopædy and
encyclopedy.] The circle of arts and sciences; a comprehensive summary of knowledge, or of a branch