from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To arrange or fold (something) about as cover or protection: She wrapped her fur coat closely about herself.
  • transitive v. To cover, envelop, or encase, as by folding or coiling something about: wrapped my head in a scarf.
  • transitive v. To enclose, especially in paper, and fasten: wrap a package; wrapped up the peelings.
  • transitive v. To clasp, fold, or coil about something: She wrapped her arms about his neck.
  • transitive v. To move (text that will not fit on a line) automatically to the following line.
  • transitive v. To envelop and obscure: Fog wrapped the city.
  • transitive v. To surround or involve in a specified quality or atmosphere: The plan was wrapped in secrecy.
  • transitive v. To engross: She was wrapped in thought.
  • intransitive v. To coil or twist about or around something: The flag wrapped around the pole.
  • intransitive v. To be moved automatically to the following line upon reaching a margin. Used of text.
  • intransitive v. To put on warm clothing. Usually used with up.
  • intransitive v. To conclude filming: The movie is scheduled to wrap next week.
  • n. A garment to be wrapped or folded about a person, especially an outer garment such as a robe, cloak, shawl, or coat.
  • n. A blanket.
  • n. A wrapping or wrapper.
  • n. A flatbread, such as a tortilla or lavash, rolled around a filling.
  • n. The completion of filming on a movie.
  • wrap up To bring to a conclusion; settle finally or successfully: wrap up a business deal.
  • wrap up To summarize; recapitulate.
  • idiom under wraps Informal Secret or concealed: "The news was kept under wraps for the three-day weekend” ( Boston Globe).
  • idiom wrapped up in Completely immersed or absorbed in: She is wrapped up in her studies.
  • idiom wrapped up in Involved in: They were wrapped up in criminal activities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To enclose (an object) completely in any flexible, thin material such as fabric or paper.
  • v. To enclose or coil around an object or organism, as a form of grasping. A prerequisite to constriction in snakes.
  • v. To finish shooting (filming) a video, television show, or movie.
  • n. A garment that one wraps around the body to keep oneself warm.
  • n. A type of food consisting of various ingredients wrapped in a pancake.
  • n. The completion of all or a major part of a performance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wrapper; -- often used in the plural for blankets, furs, shawls, etc., used in riding or traveling.
  • transitive v. To snatch up; transport; -- chiefly used in the p. p. wrapt.
  • transitive v. To wind or fold together; to arrange in folds.
  • transitive v. To cover by winding or folding; to envelop completely; to involve; to infold; -- often with up.
  • transitive v. To conceal by enveloping or infolding; to hide; hence, to involve, as an effect or consequence; to be followed by.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To roll or fold together, as a pliable or flexible object: usually with the preposition around (or round) or about: as, to wrap paper about a book.
  • To envelop; surround; cover by winding something round in folds; muffle: often with up: as, to wrap up a child in its blanket; to wrap the body in flannels.
  • To cover and fasten securely, as in paper or pack-sheet, in order to protect from injury or injurious exposure, as in transit or during storage, or in order to conceal: generally with up: as, to wrap up an umbrella or a book to send by express; to wrap up one's things in a bundle.
  • To conceal by involving or enveloping; hide in a mass of different character; cover up or involve generally.
  • Engrossed in or with; entirely devoted to: as, she is wrapped up in her son; he is wrapped up in his studies.
  • Comprised or involved in, as an effect or consequence.
  • A misspelling of rap.
  • n. In cotton manufacturing, one complete circuit of the measuring mechanism of a warp-beaming machine. The length of the wrap varies according to the details of the mechanism—3,564 yards, more or less.
  • n. An article of dress intended to be wrapped round the person, as on a journey; a wrapper.

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

  • n. the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped
  • v. crash into so as to coil around
  • v. arrange or or coil around
  • v. enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
  • n. a sandwich in which the filling is rolled up in a soft tortilla
  • v. arrange or fold as a cover or protection
  • n. cloak that is folded or wrapped around a person


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English wrappen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English wrappen ("to wrap, fold"), from Old English *wræppan, *wrappan, from Proto-Germanic *wrappanan (“to wrap, turn, twist”), from Proto-Indo-European *werp-, *werb- (“to turn, twist, bend”). Cognate with Middle English wlappen ("to wrap, lap, fold"), Middle Dutch lappen ("to wrap up"), Danish dialectal vravle ("to wind, wind around"), Middle Low German wrempen ("to wrinkle, scrunch the face"), Old Italian goluppare ("to wrap") (from Germanic). More at lap, envelop.



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    July 31, 2008

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