1. To incase or inclose in a border or rim; to surround with an ornamental casing, as a gem with gold; to encircle; to inclose; to adorn. "Enchased with a wanton ivy twine." (Spenser) "An precious stones, in studs of gold enchased, The shaggy velvet of his buskins graced." (Mickle)

2. To chase; to ornament by embossing or engraving; as, to enchase a watch case. "With golden letters . . . Well enchased." (Spenser)

3. To delineate or describe, as by writing. "All which . . . For to enchase, Him needeth sure a golden pen, I ween." (Spenser)

Origin: F. Enchasser; pref. En- (L. In) + chasse box containing relics, frame, case, the same word as caisse case. See 1st Case, and cf. Chase, Encase, Incase.

(01 Mar 1998)

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