envelop
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English envolupen, from Anglo-French envoluper, envoleper, from en- + voluper to wrap Date: 14th century 1. to enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering 2. to mount an attack on (an enemy's flank) • envelopment noun

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  • Envelop — En*vel op, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enveloped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enveloping}.] [OE. envolupen, envolipen, OF. envoluper, envoleper, F. envelopper; pref. en (L. in) + voluper, voleper. See {Develop}.] To put a covering about; to wrap up or in; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • envelop — (v.) late 14c., envolupen, be involved in, from O.Fr. envoleper (10c., Mod.Fr. envelopper) envelop, cover; fold up, from en in (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + voloper wrap up, of uncertain origin, perhaps Celtic (see Gamillscheg, Diez). Literal sense is …   Etymology dictionary

  • envelop — envelop, envelope Envelop (with stress on the second syllable) is the form for the verb, meaning ‘to wrap up, surround, etc.’, and it inflects envelops, enveloped, enveloping. Envelope (with stress on the first syllable, now normally pronounced… …   Modern English usage

  • envelop — I verb beleaguer, beseige, beset, blanket, box, cage, circumfundere, circumscribe, cloak, cloister, close in, compass, conceal, confine, corral, cover, curtain, edge, embox, embrace, encapsulate, encase, encircle, enclose, encompass, enfold,… …   Law dictionary

  • envelop — vb 1 *cover, overspread, wrap, shroud, veil Analogous words: *surround, environ, encompass: cloak, mask (see DISGUISE) 2 *enclose, fence, pen, coop, corral, cage, wall Analogous words: confine, circumscribe (see LIMIT): protect, shield, guard… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • envelop — [v] encase, hide blanket, cage, cloak, conceal, contain, coop, corral, cover, drape, embrace, encircle, enclose, encompass, enfold, engulf, enshroud, enwrap, fence, gird, girdle, guard, hem, immure, invest, obscure, overlay, overspread, pen,… …   New thesaurus

  • envelop — ► VERB (enveloped, enveloping) ▪ wrap up, cover, or surround completely. DERIVATIVES envelopment noun. ORIGIN Old French envoluper, related to DEVELOP(Cf. ↑developer) …   English terms dictionary

  • envelop — [en vel′əp, invel′əp] vt. [ME envolupen < OFr envoluper: see EN 1 & DEVELOP] 1. to wrap up; cover completely 2. to surround 3. to conceal; hide envelopment n …   English World dictionary

  • envelop — enveloper, n. v. /en vel euhp/; n. /en vel euhp, en veuh leuhp, ahn /, v., enveloped, enveloping. n. v.t. 1. to wrap up in or as in a covering: The long cloak she was wearing enveloped her completely. 2. to serve as a wrapping or covering for, as …   Universalium

  • envelop — v. (D; intr.) to envelop in * * * [ɪn veləp] (D; intr.) to envelop in …   Combinatory dictionary

  • envelop — UK [ɪnˈveləp] / US / US [enˈveləp] verb [transitive] Word forms envelop : present tense I/you/we/they envelop he/she/it envelops present participle enveloping past tense enveloped past participle enveloped to surround someone or something… …   English dictionary

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