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

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The body of the young boy was found days before Christmas, enclosed in a dog carrier that had been encased with concrete and left in a storage unit. Essence, "Father Charged With Murder After Killing Son And Hiding Body In Storage Unit," 7 June 2019 To deter vandals, the sand-sculpture area on the beach is now encased in what looks like an enormous, squat pumpkin, with a opening for viewing. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A D Day Journey in the Spirit of A. J. Liebling," 7 June 2019 The structures look like hair but are really bacterial cell structures that have been encased in a sheath. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet the top 10 new species of 2018," 23 May 2018 The minimalist aesthetics of the S1 encases anything but simplistic features, positioning Runtopia as an easy entry point into GPS running tech. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Runtopia's S1 Is the GPS Running Smartwatch You Can Actually Afford," 2 Apr. 2019 Keeping them encased traps in chemicals, which can cause condensation and mildew. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018 In the dining room, the table is encased in striped crochet and topped with white crochet platters, serving up what appears to be a delicious sushi dinner—but don’t get hungry because those maki are crocheted, too. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Hooked on Missoni Home's Fairytale Rooms Made Entirely Out of Crochet," 10 Apr. 2019 The colonnade on the second floor will be encased in glass to overlook 42nd street. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Final Holdout of Times Square’s Rejuvenation to Get $100 Million Makeover," 18 Sep. 2018 Both items come as a set, encased in a plastic dragon egg. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Nikita Dragun Launches New Makeup Brand Dragun Beauty - Here’s Where You Can Get It," 25 Mar. 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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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