en·​clo·​sure | \in-ˈklō-zhər, en-\
variants: or less commonly inclosure \in-​ˈklō-​zhər \

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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The open-air enclosure is large enough to allow raptors to regain flight strength. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Spreading their wings: Bird TLC is getting a home of its own," 13 June 2018 Trespassing Three juveniles were cited for trespassing and released to parents after police found them inside the enclosure of the East End pool, 463 E. Schiller St., after hours at 10:04 p.m. June 3. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst blotter: Sign damaged at Jefferson School," 9 June 2018 Some played cards while others were sunning themselves on the hillside, inside the one-acre barbed-wire enclosure. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rockers rebuffed over RFK wake," 6 June 2018 That employee, Melanie Lustig, alleged that the park had kept Mei in her enclosure, called a night house, after Irma. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Monkey Jungle has reopened. Here is what has happened since the animal-abuse allegations.," 12 July 2018 The Milwaukee County Zoo’s baby gorilla, Zahra, has been developing – grasping and climbing in her off-exhibit enclosure. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo worked 24/7 to care for baby gorilla after its parents died," 29 June 2018 The fight — initially centered on helping young ‘‘Dreamer’’ immigrants stay in the country — has been swamped by heart-rending images of children in wire enclosures after being separated from their families at the border. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "House will delay vote on GOP compromise immigration bill until Friday," 21 June 2018 Our hero later woke up and, like Truman Burbank before him, peered beyond his enclosure and pondered those who were watching him. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Definitive Ranking of the Best Animal Livestreams," 14 June 2018 Use 1/4-inch hardware cloth for enclosures instead of chicken wire, which raccoons can easily pull apart and small rodents can squeeze through. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of enclosure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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