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 encasing

Historical Examples of encasing

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


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for encasing




(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 encasing



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

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