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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And unlike the temple compound, the government facilities did not initially provide enrichment activities for the tigers, or large enclosures where the tigers could have a chance to move around freely, adding to their stress. New York Times, "86 Tigers From Notorious Thai Temple Died in Government Custody," 16 Sep. 2019 More recent research suggests that enclosure may not have been such a boon for British agriculture or industry. The Economist, "The alternatives to privatisation and nationalisation," 12 Sep. 2019 Thousands of miles beyond their Kenyan enclosure is a team of worldwide scientists who are determined to save the subspecies one innovative procedure at a time. Sheeka Sanahori, USA TODAY, "Poachers forced this rhino subspecies to two. Scientists are in a race to save them.," 22 July 2019 The speaker enclosure is all-weather certified and water-resistant to withstand salt fog, UV rays, extreme high and low temperatures, and heavy rain. Dallas News, "Gadget roundup: Speakers that can live outdoors and more," 4 July 2019 The enclosures are often smaller, though, because most beaches are not that big and the birds can be more tolerant of disturbance. Sarah Wu, BostonGlobe.com, "Endangered piping plovers hatch in Boston for the first time in decades," 2 July 2019 Look for red flags Avoid facilities where animals are visibly injured or are forced to participate in activities that could injure them or cause them pain or where enclosures aren’t clean. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "How to do wildlife tourism right," 15 May 2019 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

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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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