wrap·around | \ˈrap-ə-ˌrau̇nd \

Definition of wraparound 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made to be wrapped around something and especially the body a wraparound skirt

2a : shaped to follow a contour especially : made to curve from the front around to the side wraparound sunglasses wraparound terraces

b : extending laterally to the outermost limits of the field of vision a wraparound movie screen



Definition of wraparound (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a garment (such as a dress) made with a full-length opening and adjusted to the figure by wrapping around

2 : an object that encircles or especially curves and laps over another

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Started in 1991 as an emergency shelter with eight congregations participating, the center now has over 100 congregational partners of all faiths and wraparound support which extends beyond emergency shelter. Laura A. Hobson, Cincinnati.com, "Interfaith Hospitality Network: A circle of community concern," 17 June 2018 The media room opens to two large wraparound terraces. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A SoHo Triplex on the Market for $65 Million," 14 June 2018 Enter this 1985 contemporary and step up to a big living room with vaulted ceilings, skylights, and sliders to a wraparound deck with hot tub. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, "For sale: Homes built centuries apart in Upton," 22 June 2018 The wraparound deck in the back offers a different dining option for those who would like to enjoy their meal, such as a burger, outside. cleveland.com, "How about a homemade bakery bun to go with your burger at Creekside Restaurant? Cleveland's Best Burger contest," 10 May 2018 During production of the 2008 movie, blue shutters and wraparound decks were added to the house, and the couple worked to keep the exterior as close as possible to the film's original vision. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Iconic 'Inn at Rodanthe' from Nicholas Sparks film up for sale on Outer Banks | Charlotte Observer," 29 Mar. 2018 The three-story home sits on over an acre in San Jose, taking in panoramic views from two wraparound decks that span both upper levels. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Former 49er Vernon Davis scores a home sale in San Jose," 30 Jan. 2018 The quartz counter tops carry over to the kitchen's large island, which has wraparound seating under the decorative light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Airiness in craftsman-style home creates inviting, family-centered space," 5 July 2018 The couple’s rambling 1908 colonial, with its wraparound porch, is representative of the housing stock, 60 percent of which is at least a century old. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Ridgefield Park, N.J.: A 21st-Century Mayberry," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not only is there more time spent than ever in the Falcon’s cockpit,but for the first time in a Star Wars film, Howard used a high-tech wraparound screen in front of the actors that projected what their characters were seeing. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Solo': Everything you need to know about the 'Star Wars' spinoff," 21 May 2018 His wraparound generally includes photos from charity events, feature stories focused on people of color, stories on high school sports, and Smukler’s editorials. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Sheriff sale ads: A bonanza for the politically connected in Philly," 27 Apr. 2018 Players were initially unsure about the notion of a wraparound schedule, but crafting the season more like the NBA, NHL, and NFL (baseball is a quintessential summer sport capped by a perfect Fall Classic) has ultimately been good for the game. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "New PGA Tour format is good for golf, but at Boston’s expense," 10 July 2018 Honor Roll Dennis Cholowski, 2 goals (nice hustle to the net and tap in and took advantage of a slow goalie on the wraparound). Dylan Bumbarger, OregonLive.com, "Chiefs 4, Winterhawks 3 (overtime)," 25 Mar. 2018 The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is listed for $1.379 million, and comes with numerous features, according to Hooked on Houses, including peach and apple trees, a tranquil wraparound porch, and shiplap aplenty—yes, please! Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Indiana Farmhouse is Every Country Girl's Dream," 29 July 2016 Trust us: with its lofty magnolia trees and classic wraparound porch, Prescott House, the historic Victorian for sale at 120 North 6th Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida, will take your breath away from halfway down the block. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Historic Victorian For Sale on Amelia Island Redefines Outdoor Living," 7 June 2018 Not just the spins and wraparounds and high-flying rim runs. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Blake Griffin's Pistons debut worth the price, at least for one night," 1 Feb. 2018 The Singlefin looks nothing like your dorky traditional wraparound running shades. Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Running Kit of 2018," 15 May 2018

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1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: going all or most of the way around something

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