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Definitions of beset

  1. To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to blockade. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To occupy; to employ; to use up. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; - said of dangers, obstacles, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To set with ornaments or prominent objects; as, a crown beset with gems; to attack; to harass; to hem in; to surround; as, a spy is constantly beset with dangers; to press upon all sides. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To surround or inclose to waylay: to perplex:-pr.p. besetting; pa.t. and pa.p. beset'. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To surround; waylay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To attack; harass; embarrass; waylay. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. to assail or attack on all sides:"The lioness..beset by men and hounds." Pope Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. decorate or cover lavishly with gems Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. To surround; to press on all sides, so as to perplex; to fall upon. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To surround; to enclose; to press on all sides; to perplex. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Besetting. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for beset

  1. You will then continue your voyage as far as Lemmens bogt and Abel Tasmans baay and Waterplaats, and from there run for Cape Van Diemen, which having rounded you will follow the coast of Carpentaria in a northward direction along Sweeris, Van der Ljns, Van Diemens and Staten rivers, until you have passed the Nassauw river, which according to the chart has its mouth beset with numerous sand- banks and shallows. – The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765 by J. E. Heeres
  2. And she fell down in despair, beset with the terrors of those frightful holes full of black water which she had seen on her way to Glamerton. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
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