Enclosure vs Closure - What's the difference?

enclosure | closure |

As nouns the difference between enclosure and closure

is that enclosure is something enclosed, i.e. inserted into a letter or similar package while closure is an event or occurrence that signifies an ending.


Alternative forms

* inclosure


  • (countable) Something enclosed, i.e. inserted into a letter or similar package.
  • There was an enclosure with the letter — a photo.
  • (uncountable) The act of enclosing, i.e. the insertion or inclusion of an item in a letter or package.
  • ''The enclosure of a photo with your letter is appreciated.
  • (countable) An area, domain, or amount of something partially or entirely enclosed by barriers.
  • He faced punishment for creating the fenced enclosure in a public park.
    The glass enclosure holds the mercury vapor.
    The winning horse was first into the unsaddling enclosure .
  • (uncountable) The act of separating and surrounding an area, domain, or amount of something with a barrier.
  • The enclosure of public land is against the law.
    The experiment requires the enclosure of mercury vapor in a glass tube.
    At first, untrained horses resist enclosure .
  • (uncountable, British History) The post-feudal process of subdivision of common lands for individual ownership.
  • Strip-farming disappeared after enclosure .
  • The area of a convent, monastery, etc where access is restricted to community members.
  • Usage notes

    * For more on the spelling of this word, see (m).




    (en noun)
  • An event or occurrence that signifies an ending.
  • A feeling of completeness; the experience of an emotional conclusion, usually to a difficult period.
  • A device to facilitate temporary and repeatable opening and closing.
  • (computer science) An abstraction that represents a function within an environment, a context consisting of the variables that are both bound at a particular time during the execution of the program and that are within the function's scope.
  • (mathematics) The smallest set that both includes a given subset and possesses some given property.
  • (topology, of a set) The smallest closed set which contains the given set.
  • The act of shutting; a closing.
  • the closure of a door, or of a chink
  • That which closes or shuts; that by which separate parts are fastened or closed.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Without a seal, wafer, or any closure whatever.
  • (obsolete) That which encloses or confines; an enclosure.
  • * Shakespeare
  • O thou bloody prison / Within the guilty closure of thy walls / Richard the Second here was hacked to death.
  • A method of ending a parliamentary debate and securing an immediate vote upon a measure before a legislative body.
  • Hyponyms

    * (device) clasp, hasp, latch, hook and eye


    * (computer science) thunk

    See also

    * cloture