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 It had also been molded to encase the fingers and toes of the dead. Jacey Fortin, Star Tribune, "Archaeologists find a mummy with a golden tongue," 11 Feb. 2021 To reduce that risk, engineers and construction workers are finishing a mammoth, stainless steel edifice—the largest moveable structure ever built—that will slide over the old sarcophagus and encase it for a century. John Wendle, Scientific American, "Engineers Race to Entomb the Decaying Chernobyl Reactor," 21 Apr. 2016 Custom mammoth ivory grips encase the grip frame, while an 18K solid gold bead front sight adorns the business end of the slide. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "The Best New Handguns For 2021," 25 Jan. 2021 Rick Kennedy, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, describes lipids as drops of oil that encase the mRNA, or genetic material, inside both vaccines. Amanda Morris, The Arizona Republic, "COVID-19 vaccine ingredients can trigger allergic reactions, but officials say it's rare," 23 Jan. 2021 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

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First Known Use of encase

1633, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2021

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“Encase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encase. Accessed 7 Mar. 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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