- When you enclose something carefully inside of a capsule, this is an example of a time when you encapsulate it.
- When you explain the plot of a movie in a sentence or two, this is an example of a time when you encapsulate the plot.
transitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- to enclose in or as if in a capsule
- to put in concise form; condense
transitive verb-·suled, -·sul·ing
verben·cap·su·lat·ed, en·cap·su·lat·ing, en·cap·su·lates
- To encase in or as if in a capsule.
- To express in a brief summary; epitomize: headlines that encapsulate the news.
(third-person singular simple present encapsulates, present participle encapsulating, simple past and past participle encapsulated)
From en- + capsule + -ate.
encapsulate - Computer Definition
To frame or enclose a unit of information with control data in order that a network can process it properly. An encapsulating bridge, for example, can interconnect an Ethernet LAN and a Token Ring LAN, surrounding the native LAN frame with control information appropriate to the LAN on which the target device is attached. In other words, an encapsulating bridge places an Ethernet frame inside a Token Ring frame, or vice versa. Similarly, a frame relay access device (FRAD) encapsulates an Internet Protocol (IP) packet before presenting it to a frame relay network. See also bridge, Ethernet, FRAD, frame, frame relay, IP, LAN, packet, and Token Ring.
To enclose, wrap or contain. Numerous electronic formats, including graphics, audio, video and especially network packets, are containers for the data. The actual data reside within the header and footer data of the container and are said to be "encapsulated" within the format. At the receiving end, the data are extracted ("decapsulated") for playback.