enclosure

noun
en·​clo·​sure | \ in-ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce enclosure (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly inclosure \ in-​ˈklō-​zhər How to pronounce enclosure (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 With every vote at a premium, workers had constructed an enclosure in a balcony overlooking the House chamber so lawmakers exposed to or testing positive for the coronavirus could more safely vote. Alan Fram, BostonGlobe.com, "Pelosi narrowly reelected speaker, faces difficult 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 With every vote at a premium, workers had constructed an enclosure in a balcony overlooking the House chamber so lawmakers exposed to or testing positive for the coronavirus could more safely vote. Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, "Pelosi narrowly reelected speaker, faces difficult 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 Luna's still gnawing on what is left of their bloody breakfast and Scarlet is eyeing the two-legged visitors staring in from outside the enclosure. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Zoo sends Mexican gray wolves packing as officials survey imperiled species," 2 Feb. 2021 The moment the man walked inside the leopard’s enclosure, the huge cat attacked him. al, "Man mauled by leopard after paying for ‘full contact encounter’ at Florida backyard zoo," 2 Nov. 2020 Arguably the most famous photo of the Resolute desk is the one in which a young John F. Kennedy Jr. playfully hides inside the door enclosure at the front of the desk. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "A Look at the Oval Office Desks of Presidents Past—One of Which Will Soon Be Part of Joe Biden’s Workspace," 20 Jan. 2021 Then, on Sunday, Four Paws tweeted a photograph of Kaavan’s enclosure, which now lies empty for the first time in 35 years. Washington Post, "‘I’ve got you, babe’: How Cher helped save the world’s loneliest elephant," 30 Nov. 2020 Either way, minimize your impact by sticking close to the enclosure border and never cutting or altering the fence or gates. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Wildlife hike: You could see pronghorns on this trail near Flagstaff. Here's how to do it," 5 Sep. 2020 The moment the man walked inside the leopard’s enclosure, the huge cat attacked him. al, "Man mauled by leopard after paying for ‘full contact encounter’ at Florida backyard zoo," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of enclosure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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22 Feb 2021

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“Enclosure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclosure. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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enclosure

noun

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

enclosure

noun
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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