encroaching encroaching  /ɪn ˈkroʊ tʃɪŋ/


  • (adj) gradually intrusive without right or permission



  1. The ship was not expected to survive the punishing climate for long and in November, the encroaching darkness and cold of the Martian winter silenced it for good.
  2. A last triumph, a standoff against encroaching fate, would have crowned the evening and rounded memory with a perfect dramatic closure.
  3. Another part of the pharaoh's job was to fight constant battles with encroaching enemies.


  1. Celebrity Animals Stealing Conservation Money From Ugly Plants

    Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online All over the world, animal and plant species are being threatened by extinction, likely at the hand of humans encroaching on their ecosystem or affecting the environment in some other way. Fortunately there are some humans who realize this and actively give funds to conservatory efforts to rescue these near-extinct species. However, a new ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: redOrbit

  2. Who will keep the peace in the Golan Heights?

    Austria is the latest country to pull troops from the cease-fire zone that's been a buffer between Israel and the encroaching Syrian civil war.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: GlobalPost

  3. A Skinny-Jeans iOS, the Pandora Killer, and New Macbook Air: It's WWDC Time

    If all those rumormongers have it right, this year's Worldwide Developers Conference will be one big game of catch-up for Apple, a technology giant that's not exactly used to coming from behind. No matter which of the expectations are fulfilled, Apple will no doubt align with its encroaching competition. Probably like this.        
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire


  1. Vice-chairman Peter Coors said: "Wine and spirits companies are encroaching on traditional beer occasions and global beer importers and craft brewers are both taking a larger share of volume and profit growth."
    on Oct 10, 2007 By: Pete Coors Source: guardian.co.uk

  2. "The Russians are encroaching upon the capital. They are making a circle," Saakashvili said, adding: "We will protect our capital until the last drop of our blood. We will never surrender to the Russians," the Georgian leader said, adding...
    on Aug 12, 2008 By: Mikhail Saakashvili Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "As the shore changes, we've lost hotels, motels and in some cases marinas and other commercial areas to condominiums," Van Drew said. "Residential development is encroaching on it. We want to keep these businesses. They're so much a part of...
    on Jun 3, 2010 By: Jeff Van Drew Source: The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

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