Beset Be*set", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beset}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Besetting}.] [AS. besettan (akin to OHG. bisazjan, G. besetzen, D. bezetten); pref. be- + settan to set. See {Set}.] 1. To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects. [1913 Webster]

A robe of azure beset with drops of gold. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

The garden is so beset with all manner of sweet shrubs that it perfumes the air. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

2. To hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to blockade. ``Beset with foes.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Let thy troops beset our gates. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; -- said of dangers, obstacles, etc. ``Adam, sore beset, replied.'' --Milton. ``Beset with ills.'' --Addison. ``Incommodities which beset old age.'' --Burke. [1913 Webster]

4. To occupy; to employ; to use up. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To surround; inclose; environ; hem in; besiege; encircle; encompass; embarrass; urge; press. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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