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envelope

[ en-vuh-lohp, ahn- ]
/ ˈɛn vəˌloʊp, ˈɑn- /
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noun
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Idioms about envelope

    push the envelope, to stretch established limits, as in technological advance or social innovation.
Also envelop.

Origin of envelope

1700–10; <French enveloppe, derivative of envelopper to envelop

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH envelope

envelop, envelope
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British Dictionary definitions for envelope

envelope
/ (ˈɛnvəˌləʊp, ˈɒn-) /

noun

Word Origin for envelope

C18: from French enveloppe, from envelopper to wrap around; see envelop; sense 8 from aeronautics jargon, referring to graphs of aircraft performance
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