- to shut or hem in; close in on all sides: a valley enclosed by tall mountains.
- to surround, as with a fence or wall: to enclose land.
- to insert in the same envelope, package, or the like: He enclosed a check. A book was sent with the bill enclosed.
- to hold or contain: His letter enclosed a check.
- Roman Catholic Church.
Origin of enclose
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Examples from the Web for unenclosed
His way led across an unenclosed outskirt of the town which served as a common to the poor people of the neighborhood.
Yet he was found useful for attending to rearing cattle and sheep—then kept in great numbers on the unenclosed grounds of Brea.
The houses line one side of the boulevards, the other being open to the fields, which are highly cultivated and unenclosed.A Residence in France
J. Fenimore Cooper
The spot, all unenclosed as it was, was evidently utilized by some builder for the storage of various kinds of lumber.Monsieur Lecoq, v.1
They were together on the heathy, unenclosed ground of Cannock Chase, and had already walked some ten or twelve miles.Mr. Scarborough's Family
- to close; hem in; surround
- to surround (land) with or as if with a fence
- to put in an envelope or wrapper, esp together with a letter
- to contain or hold
Word Origin and History for unenclosed
Specific sense of "to fence in waste or common ground" for the purpose of cultivation or to give it to private owners, is from c.1500. Meaning "place a document with a letter for transmission" is from 1707. Related: Enclosed; enclosing.