En*chase" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enchased (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Enchasing.] [F. enchasser; pref. en- (L. in) + chasse box containing relics, frame, case, the same word as caisse case. See 1st Case, and cf. Chase, Encase, Incase.]

1.

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. Spenser.

An precious stones, in studs of gold enchased, The shaggy velvet of his buskins graced. Mickle.

2.

To chase; to ornament by embossing or engraving; as, to enchase a watch case.

With golden letters . . . well enchased. Spenser.

3.

To delineate or describe, as by writing.

[Obs.]

All which . . . for to enchase, Him needeth sure a golden pen, I ween. Spenser.

 

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