Pronunciation: (en-klō'zhur), [key]
1. something that encloses, as a fence or wall.
2. something that is enclosed, as a paper sent in a letter.
3. the separation and appropriation of land by means of a fence.
4. a tract of land surrounded by a fence.
5. an act or instance of enclosing.
6. the state of being enclosed.
7. Rom. Cath. Ch.the part of a monastery or convent canonically separated or restricted as the living quarters of the religious, from which a person may leave only with special permission or gain entrance to by special dispensation. Also,inclosure.
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