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encase

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verb (used with object), en·cased, en·cas·ing.
  1. to enclose in or as in a case: We encased the ancient vase in glass to preserve it.
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Also incase.

Origin of encase

First recorded in 1625–35; en-1 + case2
Can be confusedencase in case
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Examples from the Web for encasing

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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.


British Dictionary definitions for encasing

encase

incase

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

encase

v.

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

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