from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Carrying an unborn child; pregnant.
- n. An encircling fortification around a fort, castle, or town.
- n. A structure or an area protected by an encircling fortification.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pregnant.
- n. An enclosure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The line of works which forms the main inclosure of a fortress or place; -- called also body of the place.
- n. The area or town inclosed by a line of fortification.
- adj. Pregnant; with child.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, an inclosure; the wall or rampart which surrounds a place, often composed of bastions or towers and curtains. The enceinte with the space inclosed within it is called the body of the place.
- n. The close or precinct of a cathedral, abbey, castle, etc.
- Pregnant; with child.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. in an advanced stage of pregnancy
French, from Old French, ultimately from Latin inciēns, pregnant.
French, from Late Latin incīncta, from feminine past participle of incingere, to surround closely, + Latin cingere, to gird.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French enceinte. (Wiktionary)