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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
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  • An attempt was made in the last century to mask their ugliness by encasing them in Gothic work of carved wood.

  • The turning and encasing of yewen wood, brass-bound water-jars is a flourishing manufacture at Osse.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • (p. 201) The hool is the pod of a pea—poor Lizzie's heart almost leapt out of its encasing sheath.

    Robert Burns Principal Shairp.
  • War is a muddy business, encasing the body in dirt, and caking over the soul.

    Thoughts on religion at the front Neville Stuart Talbot
  • Meanwhile, one tearing sweep of blunt claws or sharp fangs—and a fatal rent would appear in Thorn's encasing shell!

    The Radiant Shell Paul Ernst
  • By encasing a heavy flywheel in sheet iron so as to present a smooth surface to the atmosphere, M. Ingliss has saved 4.8 per cent.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • Triple beams of heavy oak with layers of sand and cork between them were used for encasing these huge hulks.

  • Boxing-InFitting the watch movement in its case; applied chiefly to the encasing of stem-winding movements.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
British Dictionary definitions for encasing


(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 encasing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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