Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A gradual entering on and taking possession by one of what is not his. See 81 Wis. 313, 29 Am. St. Rep. 898, 15 L. R. A. 553, 51 N. W. 560.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An encroachment upon a street or highway is a fixture, such as a wall or fence, which intrudes into or invades the highway or incloses a portion of it, diminishing its width or area, but without closing it to public travel. State v. Kean, 69 N. H. 122, 45 Atl. 256, 48 L. R. A. 102; State v. Pomeroy, 73 Wis. 664, 41 N. W. 726; Barton v. Campbell, 54 Ohio St. 147, 42 N. E. 698; Grand Rapids v. Hughes, 15 Mich. 57; State v. Leaver, 62 Wis. 387, 22 N. W. 576.