verb (used with object), en·vel·oped, en·vel·op·ing.
Origin of envelop
Examples from the Web for enveloping
He grew suddenly aware of this enveloping shroud of sand—as the raw material of bodily expression: Form.Four Weird Tales|Algernon Blackwood
The air cooled her brow, and from the deep, enveloping night her torn heart drew balm, and a first soothing of the pulse of pain.Lady Rose's Daughter|Mrs. Humphry Ward
But, Taddeo, do not trust to his adventurous mind; he is a hurricane, enveloping all in his path.
From the enveloping folds came a strangled gasp, as of a man plunged suddenly under the surface of water.The People of the Black Circle|Robert E. Howard
The quarry was further protected by an enveloping newspaper, but Billy did not stand on ceremony.The Palace of Darkened Windows|Mary Hastings Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for enveloping
verb -lops, -loping or -loped (tr)
Word Origin for envelop
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.