en·​clo·​sure | \ in-ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce enclosure (audio) , en-\
variants: or less commonly inclosure \ in-​ˈklō-​zhər How to pronounce inclosure (audio) \

Definition of enclosure

1 : the act or action of enclosing : the quality or state of being enclosed
2 : something that encloses
3 : something enclosed a letter with two enclosures

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Examples of enclosure in a Sentence

During the day the horses are kept in an enclosure. a letter with two enclosures One of the enclosures was a photograph. the enclosure of a photograph with a letter the enclosure of the garden
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Recent Examples on the Web The keepers spray the scent on a plastic toy in one of the enclosures so visitors can see her up close. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can train tigers, feed birds and climb to the top of a giant aquarium at the zoo's new tours," 31 July 2019 The whales are being kept at a facility made up of small enclosures on the Sea of Japan that was also recently charged for breaking fishing laws. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "Russia Starting to Release Captive Whales From 'Whale Jail' Following International Outcry," 21 June 2019 Chuang Chuang collapsed Monday in his enclosure shortly after standing up following a meal of bamboo leaves, said Wutthichai Muangmun, the director of the Chiang Mai Zoo. Washington Post, "Popular panda on loan from China dies in Thai zoo," 17 Sep. 2019 Their enclosures are located on a trail that continues onto a wetland observation deck overlooking water-treatment ponds that attract storks, cormorants and anhingas. Bonnie Gross, sun-sentinel.com, "Where the wildlife are: South Florida sanctuaries that rehab animals worth a visit," 16 Sep. 2019 As the keepers pointed out the birds to visitors, the vultures appeared agitated, moving to the top of their enclosure. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Devoted parents, they purify the environment: Meet the vultures," 30 Aug. 2019 To give Chance his own enclosure, the zoo had to bump an albino alligator off display. John Biemer, chicagotribune.com, "‘That’s the alligator they caught in Chicago.’ Chance the Snapper’s reputation grows at new home in Florida.," 7 Aug. 2019 Their new enclosure has been carefully designed to ensure the safety and peaceful co-existence of both species. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Wolves and Bears Are Being Returned to a Rare Patch of Ancient Woodland in Britain," 23 July 2019 The 35-year-old bald eagle, known as Sam or Sammy, was stolen on July 16 between 2:15 and 4:15 a.m. after a perpetrator cut through two layers of fencing to gain access to his enclosure, the refuge said. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "One-winged bald eagle stolen from Long Island wildlife refuge, $12,500 reward offered," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of enclosure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of enclosure was in the 15th century

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How to pronounce enclosure (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of enclosure

: an area that is surrounded by a wall, fence, etc. : an enclosed space
: something that is included with a letter or in a package
: the act of enclosing something


en·​clo·​sure | \ in-ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce enclosure (audio) \

Kids Definition of enclosure

1 : the act of closing in or surrounding enclosure of the animals
2 : a space that is closed in The sheep escaped their enclosure.
3 : the act of including with a letter or package enclosure of a photo
4 : something included with a letter or package

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not being in agreement or harmony

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