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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More than 100 goats escaped their enclosure and migrated to an Idaho neighborhood Friday morning. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Goats storm Idaho neighborhood after escape from enclosure," 4 Aug. 2018 The new eGPU, which is also expected to go on sale today, integrates the GPU into the enclosure rather than offering one or more PCIe slots. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s new 2018 MacBook Pros are now available, and the top specs are much faster," 12 July 2018 However, there were multiple posts about Harambe, the gorilla killed at a Cincinnati zoo after a young boy made his way into the enclosure. Noel Harris, sacbee, "NBA page revives De'Aaron Fox trade talk. Why a verified writer says it's 'fake news'," 11 June 2018 In the video, a man can be seen taking a drag from a cigarette and then flicking it into the enclosure. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Driver was fined $100 for smoking while kid was in the car. Some say that goes too far | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 Its entrance is blocked by an iron gate and a walled enclosure lined with barbed wire. Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, Fox News, "China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west," 20 Sep. 2018 Whether or not hotboxing a lobster’s enclosure has any effect on its final moments on this earth is almost beside the point. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The owner of a Maine lobster pound is sedating her lobsters with marijuana before killing them.," 19 Sep. 2018 This robot slowly closes in on a target like a jellyfish and tries to surround it with a soft enclosure. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Neat 12-Sided Origami Bot Traps Squid and Jellyfish Without Hurting Them," 18 July 2018 Another new addition to the Razer lineup is the Core X, a Thunderbolt 3 external graphics enclosure with space for large, three-slot wide graphics cards. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Razer slims down Blade, debuts macOS-compatible eGPU enclosure," 22 May 2018

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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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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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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