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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
First recorded in 1625-35; en-1 + case2
Can be confused
encase, in case. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A Renaissance faade added in later days might encase a practically complete Gothic interior.

    Cathedrals of Spain John A. (John Allyne) Gade
  • Angelo cut a stout cloth to encase each of her feet, and bound them in it.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • In 1870 it was customary to encase the sandwiches in pressed sole leather.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • They encase it in propolis, which preserves it from putrefaction.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The true method is to encase the building in a network of rods, when it will take its charge quietly like a Leyden jar.

  • Her patient fairly off her hands, Mona seemed to encase herself with a cold reserve, as in a shell.

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • Next estimate the number of thousands of feet board measure of forms required to encase the concrete to be placed in a day.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • The time occupied from beginning to encase it until the completion was about three and a half months.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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