verb (used with object), encased, encasing.
to enclose in or as in a case: We encased the ancient vase in glass to preserve it.
Also, incase.

1625–35; en-1 + case2

encase, in case.
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encase or incase (ɪnˈkeɪs)
(tr) to place or enclose in or as if in a case
incase or incase
en'casement or incase
in'casement or incase

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Word Origin & History

1727, from en- "make, put in" + case. Related: Encased; encasing.
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Example sentences
Contrary to popular belief, not all armadillos are able to encase themselves in
  their shells.
Then the shell starts to develop as the ribs fuse together and encase the
  shoulder blades.
They slowly encase themselves in an epistemic cocoon.
She used it to literally encase or trap layers of cream pleated dresses,
  creating a single garment.
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