ensconce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ensconce fix firmly "He ensconced himself in the chair"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Ensconce To cover or shelter, as with a sconce or fort; to place or hide securely; to conceal. "She shall not see me: I will ensconce me behind the arras."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ensconce To cover or shelter as with a sconce or fort; protect; hide securely; give shelter or security to.
    • ensconce Hence To fix firmly or snugly; settle; lodge: as, he ensconced himself in his comfortable arm-chair.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ensconce en-skons′ to cover or protect as with a sconce or earth-work: to hide safely.
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Quotations

  • Alfred A. Montapert
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    “Happy is the person who not only sings, but feels God's eye is on the sparrow, and knows He watches over me. To be simply ensconced in God is true joy.”

Usage

In literature:

The Moldavian clerk replied with his usual guttural, and, opening his desk, ensconced his head therein.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
Ensconced once more in a hansom, he proceeded to reconsider his position.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He did the next best, ensconced himself in a quiet corner, and pursued his movements with a telescope.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ensconcing himself on a hard sofa that stood at the head of Klitzing's bed, he fell into a heavy sleep.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
It struck him at once that it would be a good plan to climb into this, and ensconce himself among the branches.
"Through Apache Lands" by R. H. Jayne
On the verge of this plain, snugly ensconced under the lee of the hills we had been descending, lies the city of Magnesia.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
When we were safely ensconced in my own office, I waved the young man to a chair.
"The Chameleon Man" by William P. McGivern
We turned aside, therefore, and ensconced ourselves between two rocks, where we found just space enough for our tent.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Brian was lying comfortably ensconced in a bush, inserting a fresh cartridge.
"A Veldt Vendetta" by Bertram Mitford
In the forward cabin, where Lootz had ensconced himself, he was obliged to hear the fruiterers who were carrying to the Lower.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
Three days later the two girls were ensconced in their country quarters, and Jean was beginning to suffer from the effects of reaction.
"A Question of Marriage" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Snugly ensconced in a dry ditch, well overhung with brambles, they soon regained wind after their exertions and excitement.
"Haviland's Chum" by Bertram Mitford
Finding a vacant and remote corner, he ensconced himself there as an absentee.
"Trevethlan: Volume 1" by William Davy Watson
He found his sister alone in the "front" room, ensconced on the bearskin rug before a snapping and fragrant fire of cedar wood.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
It was but the work of a moment to ensconce herself behind its voluminous folds.
"A Daughter of the Union" by Lucy Foster Madison
He would find a dozen inches of steel ensconced between his ribs.
"The White Plumes of Navarre" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
He was hardly more than safely ensconced among the branches when the cook returned.
"The Boy With the U. S. Survey" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
William often ensconced himself in one of them.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
Mr. Hunt found this hyperborean veteran ensconced in a fort which crested the whole of a high, rocky promontory.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
She ensconced herself in the largest and shabbiest of his three chairs and patted the arm of it invitingly.
"Why Joan?" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
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In poetry:

Accordingly, as night approach'd,
Snugly ensconc'd within a coach,
They quickly left their lord's domain,
Through storm, and snow, and hail, and rain.
"The Two Fugitives" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Would you weary of control?
Long to slip your gilded tether,
And with Leo once more stroll,
Heedless of the wind and weather?
You could hardly do that all,
Once ensconced behind my wall.
"The Wanderer" by John Lawson Stoddard
A lakelet, cool, pellucid and serene,
Fed by the drippings from eternal snows,
Lies like a mirror 'neath a frowning cliff,
Or as a gem, majestically ensconced
In diadem of crag and pinnacle.
"Grandeur." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Rescue dog Albie has been living with the Zheutlin family for three months, becoming an irreplaceable presence in their home, and fully ensconced in their hearts.
Until January, Bristol's newest art gallery-cafe, Bare Bones , was neatly ensconced at a venue at 184 Main St That month, a gastro-pub, Barley Vine, moved in, and Bare Bones had to move out.
He had been ensconced for the past two years in a corner office on the 35th floor of the Jacob K Javits Federal Building downtown, serving as director of HUD Region 2, which.
Ensconced in the shadows, they await their next meal, preying upon any unfortunate creature that crosses their dark path.
For the past two seasons, the Pac-10 and then Pac-12 have seen Oregon and Stanford ensconced at the top.
We are now firmly ensconced in the Age of Extreme Weather.
With stereoscopic content well ensconced, four leading technologists offer thoughts on what's next.
State schools superintendent John White says he'll fill us in later, when all the voucher kids are safely ensconced.
I can envision it all now—the angry e-mails, the threatening phone calls, the snail hate mail, all of it accusing me of being firmly ensconced in the pocket of one tool provider: Motion Pro.
But superstition remains firmly ensconced in modern society and affects behavior in all walks of life.
Bedbugs remain a stigma here, in contrast to places like New York where they've long been ensconced.
A new coach for the Eagles would have to resign himself to working with ensconced GM Howie… (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff ).
The holiday season is one firmly ensconced in the tradition of exchanging gifts.
Eliot Spitzer Personally Sells Murray Hill Garage for $10.28 M. For all the talk of a return to politics, former Governor Eliot Spitzer remains ensconced in his family's muscular real estate business.
Now that Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has been ensconced for a while in their own building on 10th Way, their shows seem to be getting bigger all the time.
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In science:

Even general relativity, although only tested in the weak field regime, is so strongly ensconced in our discipline that the Kerr metric will continue to be used to set the stage for black hole astrophysics unless some truly compelling, quantitative discrepancy is reported.
Probing the Physics of AGN: A Summary
The fiber ensconced in the coextruded hole is then mated to a Silicon Photomultiplier sitting at one edge of the strip. The strips and their associated SiPMs in each layer are enclosed in a light tight sheath or cassette (see Figure 6-1).
CALICE Report to the Calorimeter R&D Review Panel
Some nearby SSSs are known to be hot white dwarfs post-nova, or are pre-WDs still ensconced in planetary nebulae.
The Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae: Are They Supersoft Sources?
Jaranowski et al. 1998), is ensconced in hT T jk .
Gravitational-wave bursts and stochastic background from superfluid vortex avalanches during pulsar glitches
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