Meaning of enclosure

en•clo•sure

Pronunciation: (en-klō'zhur), [key]
— n.
  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. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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