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 Dictionary entry overview: What does besieging mean? 

  The noun BESIEGING has 1 sense:

1. the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack

  Familiarity information: BESIEGING used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1besieging [BACK TO TOP]


The action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


beleaguering; besieging; military blockade; siege

Hypernyms ("besieging" is a kind of...):

blockade; encirclement (a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Instance hyponyms:

Alamo (a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico)

siege of Vicksburg; Vicksburg (a decisive battle in the American Civil War (1863); after being besieged for nearly seven weeks the Confederates surrendered)

siege of Syracuse; Syracuse (the Roman siege of Syracuse (214-212 BC) was eventually won by the Romans who sacked the city (killing Archimedes))

siege of Syracuse; Syracuse (the Athenian siege of Syracuse (415-413 BC) was eventually won by Syracuse)

Pleven; Plevna (the town was taken from the Turks by the Russians in 1877 after a siege of 143 days)

Petersburg; Petersburg Campaign (the final campaign of the American Civil War (1864-65); Union forces under Grant besieged and finally defeated Confederate forces under Lee)

Orleans; siege of Orleans (a long siege by the English was relieved by Joan of Arc in 1429)

Lucknow (the British residents of Lucknow were besieged by Indian insurgents during the Indian Mutiny (1857))

Dien Bien Phu (the French military base fell after a siege by Vietnam troops that lasted 56 days; ended the involvement of France in Indochina in 1954)

Bataan; Corregidor (the peninsula and island in the Philippines where Japanese forces besieged American forces in World War II; United States forces surrendered in 1942 and recaptured the area in 1945)

Atlanta; battle of Atlanta (a siege in which Federal troops under Sherman cut off the railroads supplying the city and then burned it; 1864)

Yorktown (in 1781 during the American Revolution the British under Cornwallis surrendered after a siege of three weeks by American and French troops)

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