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  • adj. Placed in a secure environment.
  • adj. Settled comfortably.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of ensconce.


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  • It's the time when the garden is full of new and constantly changing possibilities every time you step outside, where the farmer's markets are essentially throwing their produce at you and even though the kids are once again ensconced in schoolrooms nobody is quite ready for the warm, golden nights to end.

    The Dinners of Summer

  • Then Martin ensconced himself upon a lower limb of the tree, which had a mossy cushion against the trunk as though nature or time had designed it for a teller of tales.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • Then Martin ensconced himself upon the lower limb of the tree, which had a mossy cushion against the trunk as though nature or time had designed it for a teller of tales.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • I mean, I'm kind of … 'ensconced' is not the right word, but I'm there, I'm here.

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  • Too wide awake to think of sleeping, I ensconced myself with The


  • Back in the house, Dick found Paula playing to the madrono sages, and ensconced himself on the couch to wait and wonder if she would kiss him good night when bedtime came.


  • In the meantime Thomas Mugridge, like a drowned rat, was being dragged out from under the forecastle head where he had cravenly ensconced himself.

    Chapter 17

  • Let's crowbar our way toward that booth, toward the entity ensconced in admirers.

    Oscars: Inside the Vanity Fair party after the awards

  • After Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) threatened Walt (Bryan Cranston) and his family on last week's Breaking Bad, Walt decides it's time to make sure Skyler (Anna Gunn), Junior (RJ Mitte) and Holly are safely ensconced at Hank's house.

    Breaking Bad Sneak Peek: Is Walt Ready to Face His Consequences?

  • Pakistani recalcitrance at launching military excursions against insurgents ensconced within the northwest tribal belt and its recent dismissal of CIA personnel from Pakistani soil has prompted the U.S. to send worrisome overtures to Islamabad.

    Michael Hughes: Obama's Drone Surge in Pakistan Doing More Damage Than Good


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  • "I encountered no one at first but a footman who, after leading me through several large drawing-rooms, showed me into one that was quite small, empty, its windows beginning to dream already in the blue light of afternoon. I was left alone there in the company of orchids, roses and violets, which, like people waiting beside you who do not know you, preserved a silence which their individuality as living things made all the more striking, and warmed themselves in the heat of a glowing coal fire, preciously ensconced behind a crystal screen, in a basin of white marble over which it spilled from time to time its dangerous rubies."

    -- Within a Budding Grove by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, Revised by D.J. Enright, p 136 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    April 20, 2008

  • It is indeed!

    June 23, 2007

  • That's a fabulous essay.

    June 23, 2007

  • See stpeter's wonderful essay on it here

    June 23, 2007