Pronunciation: (bi-set'), [key]
—v.t., -set, -set•ting.
1. to attack on all sides; assail; harass: to be beset by enemies; beset by difficulties.
2. to surround; hem in: a village beset on all sides by dense forest.
3. to set or place upon; bestud: a gold bracelet beset with jewels.
4. Naut.to surround (a vessel) by ice, so that control of the helm is lost.
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