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 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 The log and pipe were then encased in concrete, buying the city time to make permanent repairs. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Panic gripped Fort Lauderdale officials as water crisis dragged on, text messages show," 11 Oct. 2019 Crews ended up making a temporary repair to the pipe by cutting down a nearby pine tree, stuffing a portion of its trunk in the hole and then encasing the pipe and plug in concrete. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "More care needed around Fort Lauderdale’s fragile water pipes, commissioner says," 1 Aug. 2019 Once the rest of the supplies arrived, chief among their tasks would be to set up the radar instrument, perched at the edge of a bluff overlooking the glacier’s front and encased in a white dome. Denise Chow, NBC News, "My night stranded on the edge of Greenland's fast-melting Helheim Glacier," 17 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday morning, Pizza Hut announced its latest creation: pizza pocket squares encased in Cheez-It-flavored crust, which take the shape of the iconic cheesy snack. Shay Spence, PEOPLE.com, "Pizza Hut Just Added Stuffed Cheez-It Pizza Pockets to Its Menu," 17 Sep. 2019 Officers say three other people were chained to three excavators with their arms encased in steel pipes up to their elbows. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 The two embarked on a nine-month renovation in 2017 that added a new master bedroom; master bathroom featuring a natural limestone shower encased in glass; a dining room that leads out to a back patio; and a white rubber roof. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "How a Baltimore couple added a 400-pound frosted glass floor to their Federal Hill home," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of encase

1633, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of encase was in 1633

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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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