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 But in the late-19th century, the practice became more associated with the idea that a human skin binding could encase great writing like the body encases a soul. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Literature’s Most Curious Creations," 6 Apr. 2021 Finally, some companies offer to encase your home in a tent and pump in hot air until the temperature reaches 120 degrees or higher, destroying the insects and their eggs. Washington Post, "Many companies advertise ‘green’ pest control. But is it possible? And does it work?," 8 Apr. 2021 Once a test fire is successful, crews can move forward with the rest of the burn, setting the perimeter of the fire with the drip torches at several drop-points located off the roads that encase the 2,600 acres of land. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "Fighting fire with fire. Why controlled burns are vital for Kentucky's national forests," 31 Mar. 2021 Another potential hurdle is shortages of raw materials, including lipids that are used to encase the mRNA instructions on how to make the coronavirus spike protein. Washington Post, "Advocates want NIH to use its Moderna vaccine patent to push for global access," 25 Mar. 2021 Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine candidates require rare ingredients that are in short supply, such as the lipids used to encase the mRNA and the enzymes used to transcribe it. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Why COVID-19 Vaccines Aren’t Yet Available to Everyone," 13 Mar. 2021 Then liquid drains from the thin membranes, known as lamellae, that encase the individual bubbles until one of those lamellae thins too much to support the bubble. John Matson, Scientific American, "Physics Gets Frothy as Mathematicians Dissect Mister Bubble," 9 May 2013 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

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First Known Use of encase

1633, in the meaning defined above

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29 Apr 2021

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“Encase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encase. Accessed 8 May. 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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