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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In June 2005, on a very windy day in Wichita, a guest reported seeing two flamingos out of their enclosure. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "A Flamingo? In Texas? A Zoo Fugitive Since 2005 Is Still Surviving in the Wild," 27 June 2018 After public outrage ensued with the circulation of pictures of children being held in caged enclosures at the border, Trump issued the executive order. Leah Brennan, baltimoresun.com, "'It’s not enough': Local organizers plan to rally against U.S. immigration practices," 27 June 2018 More than 3000 macaques live in enclosures like those or in larger open-air arenas. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "‘A cataclysmic wake-up call’: Can more candor win back support for animal research?," 26 June 2018 When the keeper tapped his stick, Gauhati raised one foot and placed it on the concrete rim of his enclosure, a movement that, on a regular day, would allow his pedicurist access to his toenails. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gauhati gives a lesson at SF ZooFest," 2 May 2018 This trend reached its peak during the second half of the 18th and the first half of the 19th centuries, when Parliament passed some four thousand individual enclosure acts, which taken together appropriated nearly a sixth of English land. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘This Land Is Our Land’ Review: Taking the Long Way Around," 25 May 2018 The new facility also has two enclosures for seals that have been rescued from coastal areas in Maryland or neighboring states. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "National Aquarium opens new Animal Care and Rescue Center," 17 May 2018 Zuberi, an 8-year-old reticulated giraffe, died Monday afternoon (May 14) after getting his neck caught in a metal railing in a behind-the-scenes enclosure at an Atlanta zoo. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Giraffe dies in freak accident at Atlanta zoo," 16 May 2018 In November, eight former park employees claimed the park was confining its animals to small, filthy enclosures, leaving medical problems untreated, and withholding food. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Monkey Jungle has reopened. Here is what has happened since the animal-abuse allegations.," 12 July 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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