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 To keep them from falling apart, researchers spent years figuring out how to encase the mRNAs in tiny droplets of fat. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "'A new era': Success of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines a major breakthrough," 23 Nov. 2020 However, Trump supporters, particularly women, tend to encase themselves in a shroud of secrecy. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Black women and Latinas are poised to start a political revolution without white women," 11 Nov. 2020 Organic wool and cotton from sustainable sources encase responsive support coils. oregonlive, "Bedtime not restful? Here are the best mattresses for couples, says Consumer Reports," 28 Oct. 2020 To get a naked strand of mRNA inside a cell, scientists have learned to encase it in a package called a lipid nanoparticle. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Most Complicated Vaccine Campaign in History," 28 Sep. 2020 The Alpine Army Corps was involved in the removal of the chamois mummy, with the infantry building a special case to encase it. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "400-year-old mummified goat found in Italian Alps," 8 Sep. 2020 The control rods—which can encase the fuel rods, blocking neutrons and halting the fission chain reaction—are actively held in place above the fuel rods by a motor. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "NuScale’s small nuclear reactor is first to get US safety approval," 1 Sep. 2020 With rheumatoid arthritis, your body’s immune system mistakenly mounts a defense against your synovium, which is the incredibly important lining of the membranes that encase your joints, the Mayo Clinic explains. Beth Krietsch, SELF, "5 Questions People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Should Ask Their Doctors," 26 Aug. 2020 Glass blocks encase the ground floor of its curved facade, a flamboyant remnant of the building’s past as a beauty parlor and dress shop. Mark Obbie, Longreads, "“We Are Not Lost Causes”," 10 Mar. 2020

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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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30 Nov 2020

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“Encase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encase. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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