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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ensconce, settleverb

    fix firmly

    "He ensconced himself in the chair"


  1. ensconceverb

    To place in a secure environment

  2. ensconceverb

    To settle comfortably

  3. Etymology: “to enter a sconce”.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Ensconceverb

    To cover as with a fort; to secure. Thomas Hanmer

    Etymology: from sconce.

    I myself sometimes, hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch; and yet your rogue will ensconce your rags, your cat-a-mountain looks, your red lettice phrases, your bold bearing oaths under the shelter of your honour. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    She shall not see me: I will ensconce me behind the arras. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    We make trifles of terrours, ensconcing ourselves in seeming knowledge. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    A sort of error to ensconce
    Absurdity and ignorance. Hudibras, p. iii. cant. 3.

    This he courageously invaded,
    And having enter’d, barricado’d,
    Ensconc’d himself as formidable
    As could be underneath a table. Hudibras, p. iii. cant. 1.


  1. ensconce

    A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established a permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. A settler who migrates to an area previously uninhabited or sparsely inhabited may be described as a pioneer. Settlers are generally from a sedentary culture, as opposed to nomadic peoples who may move settlements seasonally, within traditional territories. Settlement sometimes relies on dispossession of already established populations within the contested area, and can be a very violent process. Sometimes settlers are backed by governments or large countries. Settlements can prevent native people from continuing their work.


  1. ensconce

    To ensconce is to establish or settle something or someone firmly or comfortably in a particular place or position. It could also refer to the act of placing or hiding securely or conceal carefully.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ensconceverb

    to cover or shelter, as with a sconce or fort; to place or hide securely; to conceal

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ensconce

    en-skons′, v.t. to cover or protect as with a sconce or earth-work: to hide safely.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ensconce

    To cover as with a fort.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ensconce in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ensconce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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