ensconce

  • 1 Ensconce — En*sconce , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ensconced}; imp. & p. p. {Ensconcing}.] To cover or shelter, as with a sconce or fort; to place or hide securely; to conceal. [1913 Webster] She shall not see me: I will ensconce me behind the arras. Shak. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ensconce — [en skäns′, inskäns′] vt. ensconced, ensconcing [ EN 1 + SCONCE2] 1. Now Rare to hide; conceal; shelter 2. to place or settle comfortably, snugly, or securely [to ensconce oneself in an armchair] …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 ensconce — I verb blanket, camouflage, cloak, cloud, conceal, cover, cover up, curtain, disguise, eclipse, encase, enclose, enshield, enshroud, envelop, enwrap, guard, hide, hide away, hide from view, hide securely, keep from danger, keep guarded, keep… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 ensconce — 1580s, to cover with a fort, from EN (Cf. en ) (1) make, put in + sconce small fortification, shelter, perhaps via French, probably from Du. schans earthwork (Cf. M.H.G. schanze bundle of sticks ), of uncertain origin. Related: Ensconced …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 ensconce — screen, secrete, *hide, conceal, cache, bury Analogous words: shield, guard, safeguard, protect, *defend: shelter, lodge (see HARBOR) Contrasted words: expose, exhibit, display, *show …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 ensconce — [v] hide; tuck away bury, cache, conceal, cover, curl up, ditch, establish, fix, install, locate, nestle, place, plant, protect, screen, seat, secrete, set, settle, shelter, shield, situate, snuggle up, stash, station; concepts 188,201 Ant.… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 ensconce — ► VERB ▪ establish in a comfortable, safe, or secret place. ORIGIN originally in the senses «fortify» and «shelter with a fortification»: from archaic sconce, denoting a small fort or earthwork, from High German schanze brushwood …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 ensconce — UK [ɪnˈskɒns] / US [ɪnˈskɑns] verb [transitive] Word forms ensconce : present tense I/you/we/they ensconce he/she/it ensconces present participle ensconcing past tense ensconced past participle ensconced literary if you ensconce yourself or if… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 ensconce — en|sconce [ınˈskɔns US ınˈska:ns] v [T usually passive] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: sconce small strong building for defense (16 19 centuries), from Dutch schans] to settle yourself in a place where you feel comfortable and safe ensconce in/at/on… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 ensconce — en|sconce [ ın skans ] verb transitive LITERARY if you ensconce yourself somewhere, you put yourself into a comfortable or safe position …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 ensconce — verb (T) to put yourself in a comfortable and safe place: ensconce yourself: He ensconced himself in an armchair in front of the fire. | safely ensconced in the penthouse suite …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 ensconce — transitive verb (ensconced; ensconcing) Etymology: en + 2sconce Date: 1594 1. shelter, conceal < ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms Mark Twain > 2. establish, settle < ensconced in a new job …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 ensconce — /en skons /, v.t., ensconced, ensconcing. 1. to settle securely or snugly: I found her in the library, ensconced in an armchair. 2. to cover or shelter; hide securely: He ensconced himself in the closet in order to eavesdrop. [1580 90; EN 1 +… …

    Universalium

  • 14 ensconce — verb /ɛnˈskɒns,ɛnˈskɑns/ a) To place in a secure environment They found the sharp new heap they were seeking, and ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms that grew in a bunch within a few feet of the grave. b) To settle… …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 ensconce — Synonyms and related words: anchor, becloud, befog, billet at, bivouac, blanket, blind, burrow, bury, cache, camouflage, camp, cloak, cloud, colonize, come to anchor, conceal, cover, cover up, curtain, disguise, dissemble, distract attention from …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 ensconce — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. settle; cover, hide. See secret. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. settle, fix, curl up, nestle, seat, place, conceal, shelter, hide, cover. III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To place securely in a …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 ensconce — see SCONCE …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 ensconce — en·sconce || ɪn skÉ’ns v. insconce, establish oneself in safe or secure place; settle in in a relaxed manner; hide or place in a secure place …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 ensconce — [ɪn skɒns, ɛn ] verb (often be ensconced in) establish in a comfortable, safe, or secret place. Origin C16 (in the senses fortify and shelter within or behind a fortification ): from en 1, in 2 + sconce2 …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 ensconce — v. a. Shelter, cover, shield, secure, screen, hide, protect, harbor …

    New dictionary of synonyms