[ en-vuh-lohp, ahn- ]
/ ˈɛn vəˌloʊp, ˈɑn- /



    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

Can be confused

envelop envelope
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British Dictionary definitions for envelope


/ (ˈɛnvəˌləʊp, ˈɒn-) /


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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Medicine definitions for envelope


[ ĕnvə-lōp′, ŏn- ]


An enclosing structure or cover, such as a membrane or the outer coat of a virus.
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