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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Footage shows Fair Oaks Farms workers dragging calves by their ears, throwing them into small plastic enclosures and hitting them with milk bottles. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Fair Oaks Farms under investigation after undercover video exposes animal abuse," 7 June 2019 At a farm 70 miles southeast of Beijing, dozens of pigs rest in metallic cages and glass enclosures; their meat is up to 12% leaner if both copies of their MSTN gene are deleted. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Big Tongues and Extra Vertebrae: The Unintended Consequences of Animal Gene Editing," 14 Dec. 2018 Further Reading Razer slims down Blade, debuts macOS-compatible eGPU enclosureThe other big new feature here is an IR Web camera with Windows Hello support, a first for Razer laptops. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The Razer Blade Stealth gets an overhaul with a 4K display and better graphics," 4 Dec. 2018 McALLEN, Texas — Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of immigrant children waited in a series of enclosures created out of metal fencing. Nomaan Merchant, BostonGlobe.com, "Immigrant children held in fenced pens at border facility," 19 June 2018 Despite its low price, SanDisk’s Ultra Flair drive has an all-metal enclosure for added durability and still comes with a five-year warranty. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "Best USB Flash Drives for Storage on the Go," 26 Mar. 2019 Yet Apple devices remain among the hardest in the industry to repair due to custom screws, unibody enclosures, and manufacturing decisions that make removing certain components needlessly difficult. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple confirms its T2 security chip blocks some third-party repairs of new Macs," 12 Nov. 2018 At night, Skaife coaxes them into airy enclosures (safe from their nemeses, foxes, which ate two ravens in 2013). William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 To usher in the new Yoga era, Lenovo came out with the Yoga C930, a two-in-one with a new hinge style and a hidden stylus enclosure, and the new Yoga S730, a thin-and-light clamshell PC that may tempt some MacBook lovers. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo’s new Yoga C930 hides a sound bar in its hinge, a stylus in its corner," 30 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 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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