Definition of ensile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛnˈsʌɪl/


[with object]
Put (grass or another crop) into a silo or silage clamp in order to preserve it as silage: the grass was ensiled with sugar beet plus an inoculant
More example sentences
  • When heavy infestations of corn smut occur, grain yields can be so severely decreased that the most viable economic alternative may be to harvest and ensile the crop.
  • High nitrate levels persist when forages are cut for hay, but ensiling the crop reduces nitrates by one-half.
  • Various approaches to ensiling crops have been developed, but many systems are expensive and are not suitable for emergency conditions or the small producer.


Late 19th century: from French ensiler, from Spanish ensilar, from en- 'in' + silo 'silo'.

Words that rhyme with ensile

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