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envelop

[v. en-vel-uh p; n. en-vel-uh p, en-vuh-luh p, ahn-] /v. ɛnˈvɛl əp; n. ɛnˈvɛl əp, ˈɛn və ləp, ˈɑn-/
verb (used with object), enveloped, enveloping.
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 a membrane of an organ or a sheath.
3.
to surround entirely.
4.
Military. to attack (an enemy's flank).
noun
5.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English envolupen < Old French envoluper, equivalent to en- en-1 + voloper to envelop, of obscure origin; compare Old Provençal (en)volopar, Italian inviluppare to envelop, Italian viluppo tuft, bundle, confusion, referred to Medieval Latin faluppa chaff, wisp of straw, perhaps influenced by the descendants of Latin volvere to roll
Related forms
enveloper, noun
preenvelop, verb (used with object)
unenveloped, adjective
Can be confused
envelop, envelope.
Synonyms
1. enfold, cover, hide, conceal. 3. encompass, enclose.
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  • The spider then crawls to the captured insect, and envelops it in a silk cocoon to eat at its leisure.
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  • It envelops the aircraft tightly and always remains the same size.
  • The propeller starts with a bang, a backfire, and a cloud of smoke that envelops the plane.
British Dictionary definitions for envelops

envelop

/ɪnˈvɛləp/
verb (transitive) -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)
Derived Forms
envelopment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French envoluper, from en-1 + voluper, voloper, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for envelops

envelop

v.

late 14c., envolupen, "be involved in," from Old French envoleper (10c., Modern French envelopper) "envelop, cover; fold up," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + voloper "wrap up," of uncertain origin, perhaps Celtic (see Gamillscheg, Diez). Literal sense is from 1580s. Related: Enveloped; enveloping.

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