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Enclosure Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    enclosure n
  1. artifact consisting of a space that has been enclosed for some purpose
  2. the act of enclosing something inside something else [syn: enclosing, envelopment, inclosure]
  3. a naturally enclosed space [syn: natural enclosure]
  4. something (usually a supporting document) that is enclosed in an envelope with a covering letter [syn: inclosure]
Enclosure Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Inclosure \In*clo"sure\ (?; 135), n. [See Inclose, Enclosure.] [Written also enclosure.]
  1. The act of inclosing; the state of being inclosed, shut up, or encompassed; the separation of land from common ground by a fence.
  2. That which is inclosed or placed within something; a thing contained; a space inclosed or fenced up. Within the inclosure there was a great store of houses. --Hakluyt.
  3. That which incloses; a barrier or fence. Breaking our inclosures every morn. --W. Browne.
Enclosure Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Enclosure \En*clo"sure\ (?; 135), n. Inclosure. See Inclosure. Note: The words enclose and enclosure are written indiscriminately enclose or inclose and enclosure or inclosure.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Enclosure'


Enclosure or inclosure is the process which was used in order to end some traditional rights, such as mowing meadows for hay, or grazing livestock on land which is owned by another person, or a group of people. In England and Wales the term is also used for the process that ended the ancient system of arable farming in open fields. Under enclosure, such land is fenced (enclosed) and deeded or entitled to one or more owners. By the 19th century, unenclosed commons had become largely restricted to rough pasture in mountainous areas and in relatively small parts of the lowlands.

"Enclosure" is the modern spelling, while "inclosure" is a much older spelling still used in the United Kingdom in legal documents and place names.

The process of enclosure has sometimes been accompanied by force, resistance, and bloodshed, and remains among the most controversial areas of agricultural and economic history in England. Marxist and neo-Marxist historians argue that rich landowners used their control of state processes to appropriate public land for their private benefit. This created a landless working class that provided the labour required in the new industries developing in the north of England. For example: "In agriculture the years between 1760 and 1820 are the years of wholesale enclosure in which, in village after village, common rights are lost".

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  • Chenbro Expands Joint Development Manufacturing Initiative; Addresses Enclosure Needs of Media/Entertainment Market
    Enclosure solutions can make or break computer performance, and, for the past three decades, leading enclosure solution provider Chenbro has been partnering with the industry's leading OEMs and ODMs for ... Read more on this news related to 'Enclosure'
  • Car Fire In Lion Enclosure: Family's Terror
    A woman has told Sky News of the terrifying dilemma she faced when her car caught fire in the middle of the lion enclosure at a safari park. But despite the frightening experience and ensuing rescue of herself and two children, Helen Clements from Gloucestershire said it would not put her off going back to see the big cats. Ms Clements told Sky News what at first Read more on this news related to 'Enclosure'
  • Kingswood family trapped in flaming car at lion enclosure
    A mother has described the "dilemma" she faced with her two children after their car burst into flames in a lion enclosure. Read more on this news related to 'Enclosure'

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