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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. 2018.
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  • In 1870 it was customary to encase the sandwiches in pressed sole leather.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • Angelo cut a stout cloth to encase each of her feet, and bound them in it.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • 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
  • Dick was building an electric heating unit to encase the entire tube, which could be regulated for any desired temperature.

  • They also encase almost the entire body in a wooden and leathern armor.

  • Dante may build up his great triple universe in his great triple rhyme, and encase it in walls of brass.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for encase


(transitive) to place or enclose in or as if in a case
Derived Forms
encasement, incasement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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