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Envelop meaning

envelop - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. To put a covering about; to wrap up or in; to inclose within a case, wrapper, integument or the like; to surround entirely; as, to envelop goods or a letter; the fog envelops a ship.
  2. 2. That which envelops, wraps up, encases, or surrounds; a wrapper; an inclosing cover; esp., the cover or wrapper of a document, as of a letter.
  3. 3. A work of earth, in the form of a single parapet or of a small rampart. It is sometimes raised in the ditch and sometimes beyond it.
  4. 4. A curve or surface which is tangent to each member of a system of curves or surfaces, the form and position of the members of the system being allowed to vary according to some continuous law. Thus, any curve is the envelope of its tangents.
  5. 5. A set of limits for the performance capabilities of some type of machine, originally used to refer to aircraft. Now also used metaphorically to refer to capabilities of any system in general, including human organizations, esp. in the phrase push the envelope. It is used to refer to the maximum performance available at the current state of the technology, and therefore refers to a class of machines in general, not a specific machine.
  6. 6. The nebulous covering of the head or nucleus of a comet; - called also coma.
  7. 7. Envelopment.
  8. 8. That which wraps; cover for a letter.
  9. 9. To cover by wrapping; hide; surround.

envelop - examples of usage

  1. Jacques watched dusk envelop this place.
  2. It is still almost universal in the East for a woman, whose face is not concealed on other occasions, to envelop her head and body in an ample veil before she is conducted to her husband, and it is considered an indispensable part of the bridal costume.
  3. Sometimes these completely envelop the parent bird while it is thrusting food into the yellow mouth of the cuckoo.
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