Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To store (fodder) in a silo for preservation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To preserve (forage) in a silo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To store (green fodder) in a silo; to prepare as silage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To preserve in or as if in a silo; prepare as ensilage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. store in a silo

Etymologies

French ensiler, from Spanish ensilar : en-, in (from Latin in-); see en-1 + silo, silo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ensiler (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If you do not have a lot of material to ensile, you can use any container that can be packed airtight.

    Chapter 7

  • Honeylocust leaves are an excellent source of fodder, contain 20 percent crude protein, low lignin and ensile well.

    Chapter 34

  • During prolonged dry weather, crops cut at the usual stage will be ready to ensile within a few minutes after mowing.

    Chapter 2

  • He should ensile it in a way that will produce a good palatable silage with the least loss of feed nutrients and the least wear and tear on the silo.

    Chapter 2

  • While spring seems a long way off, one must realize that once the freezing temperatures are gone, spoilage could be a risk, especially for those wet feeds and silages if they did not ensile properly.

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  • This is important for first-time silage makers, particularly those who decided to ensile corn.

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  • And it is not only easier to harvest and ensile, but cheaper to produce, he says.

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  • "It costs more to ensile; but if the tops are to be fed over a long period of time, ensiling saves more of the feed and its nutritive value."

    Producing Sugar Beets: Extension Circular 1-61-2
    J C. Swinbank Don K. Wiles et al; Nebraska 4-H Clubs: Historical Materials and Publications, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 1956.

    January 23, 2010