- to wrap up in or as in a covering: The long cloak she was wearing enveloped her completely.
- to serve as a wrapping or covering for, as a membrane of an organ or a sheath.
- to surround entirely.
- Military. to attack (an enemy's flank).
Origin of envelop
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Examples from the Web for enveloping
He crossed over, emerging out of the shadows into her enveloping radiance.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He thought kindly of the enveloping mob that had kept him hidden from Allis, as he thought.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The darkness was like a cloud down there, enveloping the outer brigands.
Immediately afterwards, however, the obscurity was enveloping.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Then the breeze dropped, and the fog fell thick and enveloping.Simon Dale
- to wrap or enclose in or as if in a covering
- to conceal or obscure, as from sight or understandinga plan enveloped in mystery
- to surround or partially surround (an enemy force)
Word Origin and History for enveloping
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.