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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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  • He was encasing himself in tarpaulins, and appeared not to hear me.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • The boots were neat, well rounded and well cut, encasing a jaunty leg.

    Mistress Nell George C. Hazelton, Jr.
  • With sulphur it forms a sulphide which draws together into almost harmless drops, instead of encasing the grains of iron.

  • 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
  • Instead of breeches and top-boots, Mr Smythje fancied he had improved upon the costume, by encasing his limbs in long trousers.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • 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
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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