Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of enveloping, or of inwrapping or covering on all sides.
- n. A wrapper or covering; anything that surrounds, inwraps, or conceals.
- n. The act of enveloping
- n. military An offensive action in which an attacking force moves over or around the enemy and attacks from the rear; see also pincer movement
- n. fencing An action to seize the opponent's blade in one line and lead it (without losing contact) through a full circle to end in the same line
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of enveloping or wrapping; an inclosing or covering on all sides.
- n. That which envelops or surrounds; an envelop.
- n. the act of enclosing something inside something else
“Allied to values is the idea of envelopment: of a kindred notion to this is aerial perspective.”
“Writing of pre-WWI Germany, Allyson Booth, a professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy, notes: "While the Kaiser worried about 'encirclement,' his chief strategists organized the German army for a project of 'envelopment'.”
“Strategic offensive actions include envelopment which is the procedure of gaining the enemy rear, cutting communications and then destroying the enemy position; double envelopment; the turning movement; penetration and pursuit.”
“Things are in such a kind of envelopment that they have seemed to philosophers, not a few nor those common philosophers, altogether unintelligible; nay even to the Stoics themselves they seem difficult to understand.”
“No defeat so lopsided struck British arms again until 1879, at Isandhlwana in the opening action of the Zulu War, when about 1,500 infantry with two guns and a corps of volunteers were wiped out by Zulus armed with short spears and hard-charging tactics of assault and envelopment.”
“The operational plan called for a double envelopment, sending the Ninth Army to the north of the Ruhr industrial complex and the First Army to the south.”
“Alexander surveyed the Indian battle order and decided to deploy a classic envelopment tactic to surround the enemy troops.”
“As described by Cutter  analytical techniques can include historical narratives, contextual analyses, case studies, statistical analyses and GIS approaches, mapping, factor analysis and data envelopment analysis, and vulnerability index development .”
“Their answer was a new tactic called “vertical envelopment.””
“He could envelop the Germans, but as Nikopol and Cherkassy showed, envelopment was not in and of itself enough.”
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