verb (used with object), en·cased, en·cas·ing.

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 confusedencase in case
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Contemporary Examples of encase

Historical Examples of encase

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for encase




(tr) to place or enclose in or as if in a case
Derived Formsencasement or incasement, noun
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Word Origin and History for encase

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

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