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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Parents with children are held in separate enclosures, where dozens of men and women sat on metal benches or laid across gym mats on the concrete floor. Washington Post, "A glimpse inside the Central Processing Center, at the heart of the border crisis," 12 Aug. 2019 For now, the predators are being kept in separate paddocks, but experts behind the project hope to eventually merge the bears and wolves into a single, 100,000 square-foot enclosure. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Wolves and Bears Are Being Returned to a Rare Patch of Ancient Woodland in Britain," 23 July 2019 The next phase for the cubs will be living in the complex’s largest enclosure, a 70-acre stretch of wetland that is already a permanent home to several capybara families. NBC News, "Jaguar reintroduction plan in Argentina represents rare good news story for big cats," 21 July 2019 One is a standard lab mouse enclosure, not much bigger than a shoebox. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Parents’ emotional trauma may change their children’s biology. Studies in mice show how," 18 July 2019 The details matter: Take the two Croc-like shoes found floating in a crocodile enclosure, which prompted jokes and led the zookeeper to suspect a prank. Author: Logan Hill, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it OK to laugh at Florida Man?," 16 July 2019 In photos obtained by the outlet, McKee’s dog can be seen standing by a bowl of food in a muddy, outdoor enclosure with a tarp hanging over the top to protect from rain. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Mom 3's Mackenzie McKee 'Being Considered to Join' Teen Mom OG Cast 'Full-Time': Source," 12 July 2019 In July 2015, a 3-month-old giraffe named Kipenzi died instantly after breaking three vertebrae in her neck after running into a wall in a Dallas Zoo enclosure, the Dallas Morning News reported. Fox News, "Dallas Zoo’s 1-year-old giraffe, named after Cowboys player, dies during routine exam," 18 June 2019 The operator flies the drone into an enclosure, where upward and downward facing pins automatically pin the drone in place, creating a jail the drone can’t escape. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A New UAV Launch-and-Recovery System Pins Drones in Their Own 'Iron Maiden'," 3 Oct. 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 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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