en·case | \in-ˈkās, en-\
encased; encasing; encases

Definition of encase 

transitive verb

: to enclose in or as if in a case

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Examples of encase in a Sentence

Ice encased the trees and power lines after the storm. fear of the outside world can encase a person just as surely as stone walls

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In the second floor of a sweltering warehouse, a pair of heads from Confederate soldier mascot costumes — topped with light gray hats, their wide-eyed cartoon faces sprouting bushy white mustaches — sat encased in clear plastic bags. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Lee High School’s mountain of memories to be auctioned," 11 July 2018 Made in partnership with Fabien Baron and Lalique, the whisky comes encased in a black crystal decanter. Emily Price, Fortune, "Macallan's Latest $7,000 Whisky Will Be Sold in Numbered Bottles," 28 June 2018 Hidden in the narrowest of spaces between adjoining concrete partitions, a historic statue by celebrated Wisconsin artist Alonzo Hauser has been encased in darkness since the early 1970s. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hidden away for nearly a half century, historic Hauser statue in Greendale might be revealed once more," 25 June 2018 Android device makers will be able to define the height of the notch, and Android will stretch the status bar out accordingly to fully encase it. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android P Developer Preview arrives with new notification panel, notch support," 7 Mar. 2018 The kit also commemorates the Hillsborough tragedy, with the 96 emblem encased by flames sitting at the nape of the neck. SI.com, "PHOTO: Liverpool Unveil Trendy New Third Kit Ahead of 2018/19 Season," 12 July 2018 In typical Fenty fashion, the packaging for the liners is beyond chic; a rose gold tube encases the product, which features a micro-thin tip for creating the perfect, razor-sharp line, every time. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Is Launching a Liquid Eyeliner Called Flyliner," 26 June 2018 One more flag was encased with the others at Johnny Reb’s new home. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Johnny Reb' Confederate statue in Orlando has rainbow, transgender flags buried in base along with Old Glory, Stars and Bars," 20 June 2018 Family representatives received posthumous diplomas and graduation caps encased once glass on behalf of the seniors. Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "‘It gets better’: Jimmy Fallon brings hope, laughter to somber Parkland graduation," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of encase

1633, in the meaning defined above

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2 Oct 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of encase

: to completely cover (something)


en·case | \in-ˈkās \
encased; encasing

Kids Definition of encase

: to cover or surround : enclose in or as if in a case … doctors had … encased the numb side of his body in a cast.— William H. Armstrong, Sounder

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evasion of direct action or statement

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