Definition of envelop
1 : to enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
2 : to mount an attack on (an enemy's flank)
envelopmentplay \in-ˈve-ləp-mənt, en-\ noun
Examples of envelop in a Sentence
a chronic mistrust of outsiders envelops that neighborhood, cutting it off from the rest of the city
the truth of the presidential assassination is enveloped in a dense fog of myths and conspiracy theories
Recent Examples of envelop from the Web
The discrepancy has thrust Vnesheconombank, known for advancing the strategic interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin and for its role in a past U.S. espionage case, into the center of the controversy enveloping the White House.
The story is set in architecturally and meteorologically distinctive northern France, where towns of tightly terraced housing are enveloped by industrial zones and sodden grey skies.
The uloborid spiders have lost the venom that most spiders use, and instead crush their prey to death by wrapping them in excessive amounts of silk; one species was documented using 140 meters to envelop a single insect.
Rodriguez joined that exclusive club in August 2010, becoming the youngest player to do it, at 32 years 8 days, before his career was enveloped in a steroid shroud.
But in the years after his death, Sonja stopped playing, as grief enveloped her.
So envelop your child with affectionate words and touch; talk, sing, play soothing music; and read to your child, even as a young infant.
Like a big-box store for shows from across the Commonwealth, Acorn comes closest among these services to the enveloping Netflix experience.
The shuttle's windshield, an 84-inch high-def screen, is enveloped in fire when the external tanks separate.
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Origin and Etymology of envelop
Middle English envolupen, from Anglo-French envoluper, envoleper, from en- + voluper to wrap
First Known Use: 14th century
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Definition of envelop for English Language Learners
: to completely cover (someone or something) : to completely enclose or surround (someone or something)
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Definition of envelop for Students
: to put a covering completely around : wrap up or in
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