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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Meatball got into the gorilla enclosure, but Schry said the other dogs do not belong to Meatball’s owners. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2022 Desteniey Pickett, who saw the dog in the gorilla exhibit during her visit to the park, told CBS8 that her family saw the dog act distressed and witnessed the canine running around the enclosure before a gorilla chased the pet. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 13 June 2022 The zoo’s fox troubles started May 2 when a fox got into the flamingos’ enclosure overnight from nearby Rock Creek Park. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Zookeepers at the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee said a wallaby went missing Wednesday during a move to an animal hospital prompted by rising floodwaters around its outdoor enclosure. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, 14 Apr. 2022 For two hours each morning, six people at a time were allowed into the panda's enclosure. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2022 How can keepers evaluate whether items introduced into the enclosure of a troop of Japanese macaque monkeys, intended to enrich their environment, are actually serving that purpose? Michael J. Renner, The Conversation, 4 Jan. 2022 Jake Litvag leaned in for a closer look as a lab mouse scurried around an enclosure, stopping to sniff a large block. Laura Ungar, ajc, 2 Jan. 2022 Initial reports suggest that the tiger grabbed the man's arm and pulled it into the enclosure after the man jumped over the initial fence barrier and put his arm through the fencing, authorities said on Thursday. Nadine El-bawab, ABC News, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of enclosure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Enclosure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclosure. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for enclosure


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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