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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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  • 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
  • He mounted with it to his dormitory and undid the covering in which it was encased.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • A bad little boy, encased in an outer semblance of innocence.'

  • The apartment was approached by an encased stairway, leading from the sitting-room.

    Old Ebenezer Opie Read
  • 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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