What does the word beset mean?

Usage examples for beset

  1. For a second, a cold chill came over me; I knew not what fear beset me. – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  2. And he lay before it so long, and beset it so close, that the food of the Moors failed, and they had no strength to defend themselves; and they would willingly have yielded the castle, so they might have been permitted to leave it and go whither they would; but he would have their bodies, to deliver them up to the king. – Journeys Through Bookland Volume Four by Charles H. Sylvester
  3. And now she was letting him go forth upon a journey- his way beset with the chances of illness and accident- whence he might never return; she was letting him go without seeing him again; letting him go with no word of farewell from his daughter. – The Two Vanrevels by Booth Tarkington