from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the act or process of enclosing something inside something else.
  • adjective surrounding closely on all sides.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of envelop.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective surrounding and closing in on or hemming in


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • I doubt there will be any pressure in enveloping another town around here.

    Waldo Jaquith - Lost counties, cities, and towns of Virginia.

  • The tar descended in warm and sluggish streams, trickling over my forehead, dropping from my eyelids, rolling over my cheeks, sealing my mouth, gluing my ears to my skull, identifying itself with my hair, pursuing the path indicated by my spine beneath my shirt, -- in short, enveloping me with a close-fitting armor of a glutinous and most unsavory material.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 47, September, 1861

  • At present, chocolate has to be heated and put in moulds in order to shape it or else, in a process called enveloping, it is poured or dribbled over items like biscuits or cakes.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In composition, an intensive particle, or conveys the idea of enveloping with cords.

    The Maya Chronicles Brinton's Library Of Aboriginal American Literature, Number 1

  • "Silhouettes that are kind of enveloping, I love the idea of that."

    Coats, Cowls Warm Up the Runways

  • Then I felt a kind of enveloping heat and, at the same time, a sensation as if the cot had dropped away from beneath me, and I was floating in a sea of warmth.

    Black Blade

  • My shirt was a kind of enveloping sky wetly wrapping my goosy skin, and across which, at intervals, hot winds from Africa and Arctic blizzards blew.

    Cider With Rosie

  • The practice of "enveloping" bloomed in the late 1990s, a time of dirty money and a turbulent stock market.

  • New York-based scenic designer Walt Spangler uses the term "enveloping" to describe this first-ever mounting of the show in a black box theatre, one that seats 280 rather than the triple-digit capacity of theaters that have previously hosted the legendary Trevor Nunn / John Napier original with its famous turntable turning, turning, turning from scene to scene.

    Live Design Online RSS Feed

  • And it hasn't returned, in the kind of enveloping, huge, awful way that it was with me for the first several months of 2009.

    One More Thing


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.