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[en-kloh-zher] /ɛnˈkloʊ ʒər/
something that encloses, as a fence or wall.
something that is enclosed, as a paper sent in a letter.
the separation and appropriation of land by means of a fence.
a tract of land surrounded by a fence.
an act or instance of enclosing.
the state of being enclosed.
Roman Catholic Church. the part of a monastery or convent canonically separated or restricted as the living quarters of the religious, from which a person may leave only with special permission or gain entrance to by special dispensation.
Also, inclosure.
Origin of enclosure
1530-40; enclose + -ure; compare Anglo-French enclosure
Related forms
nonenclosure, noun
preenclosure, noun
semienclosure, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enclosure
  • There is something to be said for the confining box of the proscenium stage and the sense of enclosure it can create.
  • Ask students what zookeepers must consider when building an enclosure for tigers.
  • Indeed this is a modern version of the enclosure movement.
  • He is not the first architect to experiment with degrees of openness and enclosure in a stadium.
  • It has fenced a large enclosure for breeding desert bighorn sheep.
  • They gave the rats plenty of time to learn the first enclosure.
  • Both males and females strode about the enclosure picking up fruit and mingling with their friends.
  • The same desire for enclosure that fuels gated developments is at the heart of the success of golf courses.
  • Lying in the enclosure of a magnetic resonance imaging machine, the subjects in the experiment had been told not to laugh aloud.
  • They put a specially reinforced jumbo-sized mirror into the elephants' enclosure.
British Dictionary definitions for enclosure


the act of enclosing or state of being enclosed
a region or area enclosed by or as if by a fence
  1. the act of appropriating land, esp common land, by putting a hedge or other barrier around it
  2. (history) such acts as were carried out at various periods in England, esp between the 12th and 14th centuries and finally in the 18th and 19th centuries
a fence, wall, etc, that serves to enclose
something, esp a supporting document, enclosed within an envelope or wrapper, esp together with a letter
(Brit) a section of a sports ground, racecourse, etc, allotted to certain spectators
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Word Origin and History for enclosure

mid-15c., "action of enclosing," from enclose + -ure. Meaning "that which is enclosed" is from 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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