envelopment

envelopment

[en-vel-uhp-muhnt]
noun
1.
an act of enveloping.
2.
the state of being enveloped.
3.
a wrapping or covering.
4.
Military. an attack on an enemy's flank.

Origin:
1755–65; envelop + -ment

preenvelopment, noun
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envelop (ɪnˈvɛləp)
 
vb , -lops, -loping, -loped
1.  to wrap or enclose in or as if in a covering
2.  to conceal or obscure, as from sight or understanding: a plan enveloped in mystery
3.  to surround or partially surround (an enemy force)
 
[C14: from Old French envoluper, from en-1 + voluper, voloper, of obscure origin]
 
en'velopment
 
n

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