Enchase

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Enchase To chase; to ornament by embossing or engraving; as, to enchase a watch case. "With golden letters . . . well enchased ."
    • Enchase To delineate or describe, as by writing. "All which . . . for to enchase ,
      Him needeth sure a golden pen, I ween."
    • Enchase 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.""An precious stones, in studs of gold enchased ,
      The shaggy velvet of his buskins graced."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • enchase To drive or chase away.
    • enchase To inlay; incrust with precious stones or the like.
    • enchase Hence To incrust or enrich in any manner; adorn by ornamental additions or by ornamental work.
    • enchase To chase, as metal-work. See chase, 1.
    • enchase To inclose or contain as something enchased.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Enchase en-chās′ to fix in a border: to set with jewels: to engrave: to adorn with raised or embossed work
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. enchâsser,; pref. en-,L. in,) + châsse, box containing relics, frame, case, the same word as caisse, case. See 1st Case, and cf. Chase Encase Incase
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. enchâsseren, in, châssis, caisse, a case—L. capsa, a case. See Chase, n. Chase, v.t., is a contraction.

Usage

In literature:

But they are not enchased and relieved with the same skill.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
In shape it resembles the nave of a church, with the sides richly enchased with figures of saints and bishops.
"Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Dawson Turner
Paragon of jewels enchased in a carcanet of dazzling brilliants!
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
The background is enchased with an elegant foliated design somewhat Bornean in character.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921" by Various
A way enchased with glass and beads, I.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
His heavy heel ground the enchased seal to rosy dust.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
She may turn out to be a pearl of a wife, this young lady whom you are requested to enchase in gold.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
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In poetry:

The far immortal face
In chosen onyx fine
Enchase,
Delicate line by line.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
Give me my earthen cups again,
The crystal I contemn,
Which, though enchased with pearls, contain
A deadly draught in them.
"Upon Love" by Robert Herrick