Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The close or precinct of a cathedral, abbey, castle, etc.
  • Pregnant; with child.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Fort.) The line of works which forms the main inclosure of a fortress or place; -- called also body of the place.
  • noun The area or town inclosed by a line of fortification.
  • adjective Pregnant; with child.

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  • adjective archaic Pregnant.
  • noun An enclosure.

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  • adjective in an advanced stage of pregnancy

Etymologies

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From French enceinte.

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  • In castle architecture, an enclosure or courtyard.

    August 25, 2008