wrap·​ping | \ ˈra-piŋ \

Definition of wrapping

: something used to wrap an object : wrapper

Examples of wrapping in a Sentence

She tore the wrapping off the present. Some of the mummy's wrappings had been removed.

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The bright orange wrapping is coming off the new Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle, the first expansion of the cashierless convenience store outside Amazon’s corporate campus. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Amazon has a second Go at cashierless convenience store in downtown Seattle," 25 Aug. 2018 Your own gift wrapping can feel charming and authentic. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Dad’s Solution to Buying Presents—Hire Someone Else to Do It," 11 Dec. 2018 To get the most out of your wrapping, Camille suggests using presents around your house and not just under your tree. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Blogger Camille Styles Breaks All Of The Traditional Holiday Decorating Rules," 23 Nov. 2018 How to shop for one: When hunting for your live tree, ACTA suggests inspecting trees for broken or weak branches, and avoiding any that have been baled up for very long (they might be damaged inside their wrapping). Good Housekeeping, "Which Is Better: A Real or Fake Christmas Tree?," 6 Nov. 2018 University of York archaeologist Stephen Buckley and his colleagues identified embalming compounds in organic residues from the mummy’s linen wrappings. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient Egyptians had been making mummies longer than anyone thought," 16 Aug. 2018 Ancient Egyptians started embalming their dead about 1,500 years earlier than archaeologists previously realized, according to chemical analysis of the funerary wrappings of a young man who died in Upper Egypt around 3600 BCE. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient Egyptians had been making mummies longer than anyone thought," 16 Aug. 2018 Caitlin's mom would literally wrap her wall art in festive wrapping paper to be hung back on the wall like presents. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Why People Are Wrapping Their Artwork In Christmas Paper," 11 Dec. 2018 Cut your wrapping paper or scrapbook paper to size: 10 inches wide by 9.5 inches tall. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Good Housekeeping, "How to Turn a Pringles Can Into a Christmas Cookie Container," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of wrapping

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wrapping

: a thin piece of paper, plastic, fabric, etc., that covers or surrounds something to protect it


wrap·​ping | \ ˈra-piŋ\

Kids Definition of wrapping

: something used to wrap something else : wrapper

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