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[en-keys] /ɛnˈkeɪs/
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.
Origin of encase
1625-35; en-1 + case2
Can be confused
encase, in case. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for encase
  • 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.
  • In less than a minute they can create and encase themselves in a new cyst and drop to the bottom to await more prey.
  • If this is not possible, encase pipe in a second pipe with a minimum of joints.
  • The leaf will roll up around the insect to encase it.
  • It is proposed to encase sidewalk tree with a wooden flower box and install a slate and concrete chess table.
  • If this is not possible, encase pipe in a second pipe with a minimum of joints and provide drip pans under all piping.
British Dictionary definitions for encase


(transitive) to place or enclose in or as if in a case
Derived Forms
encasement, incasement, noun
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Word Origin and History for encase

1630s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + case (n.2). Related: Encased; encasing.

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