envelope

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

noun


Nearby words

  1. enure,
  2. enuresis,
  3. enuretic,
  4. env.,
  5. envelop,
  6. envelope chemise,
  7. envelopment,
  8. envenom,
  9. envenomation,
  10. enver pasha

Idioms

    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 confusedenvelop 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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Word Origin and History for envelope

envelope

n.

1705, from French enveloppe (13c.), a back-formation from envelopper "to envelop" (see envelop).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for envelope

envelope

[ ĕnvə-lōp′, ŏn- ]

n.

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

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