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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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  • The first is a delicately flavored, orange-shaped morsel of pure white, encased in a thick hull of deep red.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • His hands, encased in mitts, had placed him at a woeful disadvantage.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • A bad little boy, encased in an outer semblance of innocence.'

  • His wings were encased in ice, and he sparkled rosily in the fire's glow.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • It was quite a job, for the boat was encased in a heavy box to prevent breakage, but eventually it was loaded upon the wagon.

    The Motor Boys Afloat Clarence Young
British Dictionary definitions for encased


(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 encased



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

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