(countable) Something enclosed, i.e. inserted into a letter or similar package.
(uncountable) The act of enclosing, i.e. the insertion or inclusion of an item in a letter or package.
- There was an enclosure with the letter — a photo.
(countable) An area, domain, or amount of something partially or entirely enclosed by barriers.
- ''The enclosure of a photo with your letter is appreciated.
- He faced punishment for creating the fenced enclosure in a public park.
- The glass enclosure holds the mercury vapor.
(uncountable) The act of separating and surrounding an area, domain, or amount of something with a barrier.
- The winning horse was first into the unsaddling enclosure .
- The enclosure of public land is against the law.
- The experiment requires the enclosure of mercury vapor in a glass tube.
(uncountable, British History) The post-feudal process of subdivision of common lands for individual ownership.
- At first, untrained horses resist enclosure .
The area of a convent, monastery, etc where access is restricted to community members.
- Strip-farming disappeared after enclosure .
* For more on the spelling of this word, see (m).
* zareba (particularly in figurative uses)
* seriba, sariba
* zereba, zareeba, zerriba
A fence, particularly those once commonly improvised in northeastern Africa from thornbushes.
* 1849 , O'Reilly translating Werne, Exped. Sources White Nile , II 112:
* 1895 , A. H. Keane translating W. Junker, Trav. in Afr. , I v 245:
- A shining seriba of reeds, the stalks of which ... perhaps only afford resistance to tame animals.
(label) An improvised stockade, particularly those similarly located and constructed.
* 1884 Mar. 11, Times , 5:
- The expression ‘'zeriba country ’ applied by some geographers to the northern slope of the Nile–Congo divide.
(label) A camp of troops employing such an enclosure.
* 1887''' Apr. 9, ''Times , 5:
- The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) advanced this morning to Baker Pasha's zariba .
(label) Any wild and barbed barrier, evocative of a briar or thorn patch.
* 1910 , :
- ...Forming a zariba , or square, to resist cavalry.
* 1961 , P. G. Wodehouse, Ice in Bedroom , vii. 52:
- Once you had passed the initial zareba of fruit stands, souvenir stands, ice-cream stands, and the lair of the enthusiast whose aim in life it was to sell you picture post-cards, and had won through to the long walk where the seats were, you were practically alone with Nature.
- Owing to his obiter dicta having to be filtered through a zareba of white hair, it was not always easy to catch exactly what Mr. Cornelius said.
To erect or take refuge within a zereba.
* 1885 July, 19th Cent. , 89:
* 1911 , "Somaliland" in the Encyclopædia Britannica 11th ed., Vol. 25:
- The Brigadier ordered the force to zereba on the best position that was near.
- On the 2nd of June a small force, zeribaed under Captain Malcolm McNeill, was attacked by the mullah's followers but repulsed after desperate fighting.