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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Recent Examples on the Web To make matters more realistic, the researchers then got people to hold their hands still in an enclosure with mosquitoes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We’ve figured out how mosquitos sense our warmth," 7 Feb. 2020 At the home, deputies found an enclosure with multiple live turkeys inside. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Fowl play: 2 arrested after deputies find stolen turkeys at home," 4 Nov. 2019 Beagles can sniff out cancerous tumors in humans and let doctors know, for example, and a border collie can herd hundreds of sheep (or even turkeys) into an enclosure with remarkable speed and agility. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Humans haven’t just changed what dogs look like—we’ve altered the very structure of their brains," 2 Sep. 2019 Each would have a seismometer to measure ground movement, 10 batteries in a fiberglass enclosure with solar panels, and antennae for GPS and data transfer, according to a report from the Forest Service. Kari Bray, The Seattle Times, "‘Very high threat’ Snohomish County volcano may get new monitoring stations," 19 Aug. 2018 Accompanying add-ons are fresh landscaping, a trash enclosure with trellis, and a storage area for dry goods. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Board gives mixed reviews to proposed projects," 4 May 2018 In the backyard are two enclosures with about 20 koalas, usually in various stages of a nice nap. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "Saving Koalas, and Other Marsupials, With Milk Almost as Good as Mom’s," 24 Feb. 2018 The inspectors also said in court documents that a few of the big cat enclosures had a metal pipe fence outside of them that is approximately five feet tall. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Indiana judge: Wildlife in Need's big cat enclosures pose 'significant risk' to the public," 27 Mar. 2020 The enclosure mentioned in the complaint, which contains redactions, is embedded in the images below. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "Read the Entire Declassified Version of the Trump Whistleblower Complaint," 26 Sep. 2019

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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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16 May 2020

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“Enclosure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclosure. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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