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 for Encroaching
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Encroach \En*croach"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Encroached; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Encroaching.] [OF. encrochier to perch, prop., to
     hook, fasten a hook (perh. confused with acrochier, F.
     accrocher, to hook, get hold of, E. accroach); pref. en- (L.
     in) + F. croc hook. See Crook, and cf. Accroach.]
     To enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions
     or rights of another; to trespass; to intrude; to trench; --
     commonly with on or upon; as, to encroach on a neighbor; to
     encroach on the highway.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           No sense, faculty, or member must encroach upon or
           interfere with the duty and office of another. --South.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Superstition, . . . a creeping and encroaching evil.
                                                    --Hooker.
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           Exclude the encroaching cattle from thy ground.
                                                    --Dryden.
  
     Syn: To intrude; trench; infringe; invade; trespass.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  encroaching
      adj 1: gradually intrusive without right or permission; "we
             moved back from the encroaching tide"; "invasive
             tourists"; "trespassing hunters" [syn: encroaching(a),
             invasive, trespassing(a)]

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