en·​case | \ in-ˈkās How to pronounce encase (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps the most spectacular is a 185 million-year-old fossil encased by what looks like a 'golden canon' ball. Fox News, "Fossil hunter finds 185M year-old ‘golden snitch’ with ancient sea creature inside," 19 Nov. 2019 Later, Ammann and I board a small bus painted like a zebra and completely encased in stout wire mesh. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 Ceramic heaters: Simple, inexpensive, and versatile, these use an electrical resistance element encased in a ceramic block or a ceramic element that is itself semi-electrically conductive and heat generating. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Space Heaters for Warming Up the Office, Garage, or Home," 16 Oct. 2019 Each Dalek is a living being encased in a robotic shell equipped with lethal weaponry, frequently employed to terrify London, other cities or entire planets. Tom Siegfried, Smithsonian, "How Tiny, Microbe-Propelled Bots Could Deliver Drugs In Our Bodies," 26 Sep. 2019 Its touts a massive 180 kWh battery pack (more than even Tesla’s largest 100 kWh option) encased in lightweight carbon fiber shell and a ballistic shield for worry-free off-roading. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Amazon orders 100,000 electric delivery trucks, doubling the fleet in Europe and North America," 19 Sep. 2019 From diatoms encased in glass to dinoflagellates that can cause toxic algae blooms, phytoplankton are a diverse group of algae that live in the ocean. Stephanie De Marco, Los Angeles Times, "Ocean robots take the pulse of our planet by measuring microbes," 18 Sep. 2019 The 1,200-square-foot radio, TV and news media studio will be encased in glass, allowing patients and visitors to view the daily programming. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Ryan Seacrest studio to open at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children," 7 Nov. 2019 The sea ice that used to encase the islands most winters, shielding them from the brunt of fierce storms and pounding waves, is shrinking at a rate of about 555 square miles annually, data shows. Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "The sea ice used to protect them. Now their island is crumbling into the sea.," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of encase

1633, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of encase was in 1633

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27 Nov 2019

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“Encase.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encase. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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How to pronounce encase (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of encase

: to completely cover (something)


en·​case | \ in-ˈkās How to pronounce encase (audio) \
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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