Enclosure vs Exhibit - What's the difference?

enclosure | exhibit |

As nouns the difference between enclosure and exhibit

is that enclosure is (countable) something enclosed, ie inserted into a letter or similar package while exhibit is an instance of.

As a verb exhibit is

to display or show (something) for others to see, especially at an exhibition or contest.


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 verb)
  • To display or show (something) for others to see, especially at an exhibition or contest.
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  • To demonstrate.
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  • (legal) To submit (a physical object) to a court as evidence.
  • To put on a public display.
  • (medicine) To administer as a remedy.
  • Synonyms

    * display, show, show off * (demonstrate) demonstrate, show * (present for inspection)


    (en noun)
  • An instance of .
  • That which is .
  • A public showing; an exhibition.
  • The museum's new exhibit is drawing quite a crowd.
  • (legal) An article formally introduced as evidence in a court.
  • Exhibit A is this photograph of the corpse.


    * (instance of exhibiting) showing * (public showing) exhibition, exposition, show