• WordNet 3.6
    • n envelopment the act of enclosing something inside something else
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There was a post office on the Russian space station Mir. Visiting cosmonauts would use unique postal "markers" to stamp envelopes and other items as having flown aboard the Mir space station
    • Envelopment That which envelops or surrounds; an envelop.
    • Envelopment The act of enveloping or wrapping; an inclosing or covering on all sides.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Francis Scott Key wrote the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the back on an envelope. The music is from an old English drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven."
    • n envelopment The act of enveloping, or of inwrapping or covering on all sides.
    • n envelopment A wrapper or covering; anything that surrounds, inwraps, or conceals.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Envelopment a wrapping or covering on all sides
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  • Charles Baudelaire
    “The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it.”
  • Joseph French Johnson
    Joseph French Johnson
    “The man who works for the gold in the job rather than for the money in the pay envelope, is the fellow who gets on.”
  • John Maynard Keynes
    “The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond.”
  • Clifton Fadiman
    Clifton Fadiman
    “For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.”


Push the envelope - This means to go to the limits, to do something to the maximum possible.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. enveloppement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enveloper; origin obscure. Skeat refers it to the assumed Teut. root of M. E. wlappen, Eng. lap.


In literature:

Sanderson looked at both envelopes, and finally selected the most soiled one.
"Square Deal Sanderson" by Charles Alden Seltzer
His hand was shaking as he opened the envelope; but the words that met his eyes were calm.
"Sunrise" by William Black
A person may make a card serve the purpose of a call, and it may either be sent in an envelope, by messenger or left in person.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
But when she received the little parcel in its thick envelope she trembled excessively.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
In a few minutes the boy returned with a large envelope.
"Potash & Perlmutter" by Montague Glass
The four other feet are still covered by the common envelope, and are absolutely inert.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Anne gripped, that big envelope so tight that it crumpled up into almost nothing.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Christy handed his envelope to the commander, and he broke it open.
"Stand By The Union" by Oliver Optic
While he sat in the chair the blackness of the night enveloped him.
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The exotic perfume of her enveloped me.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings

In poetry:

And how he feels it!
The lonely rambler, the stoic, dignified stalker through chaos,
The immune, the animate,
Enveloped in isolation,
Now look at him!
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence
You have seen him envelop'd in dark-boding clouds,
When the rain and the tempest appears,
When the mists of the ev'ning compass'd him round,
And shadow'd his beauty in tears.
"The Setting Sun" by Caroline Fry
And unopened it's remaining!
I can read her gentle hope -
Her entreaties, uncomplaining
(She was always uncomplaining),
Her devotion never waning -
Through the little envelope!
"Tempora Mutantur" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Recollect Polemius bade us,
When we seized them, to envelope
Each one's face, that so, the Christians,
Their accomplices and fellows,
Should not know or recognize them.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Alone in my chamber, forsaken, unsought,
My spirit's enveloped in shadows of night,
Is there no one to give me a smile or a thought?
Is there none to restore to me faded delight?
"Alone" by Lennox Amott
Roll, roll thy white waves, and enveloped in foam,
Pour thy tides round the echoing shore;
Thou guard of Old England—my country, my home!
And my soul shall rejoice in the roar!
"To The British Channel" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

When the manila envelope arrived in the mail from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, I was concerned.
Phil Steele has been so galvanized by his generally successful prognostications of the past decade in his preseason college football magazine that he keeps pushing the envelope further.
Structural biologists have further deciphered the protein coat that envelops the HIV genome.
Cherokee's new nerve center pushes the envelope inside and out.
A Because you worded the invitation correctly by having her boyfriend's name on the envelope (rather than "and guest"), you have every right to say no.
The moist coolness, the enveloping darkness, the fast-asleep quiet: They were all exhilarating.
The envelope was discovered by an employee and the building was evacuated for a short time.
If you haven't yet dropped your envelope in the mail—or clicked the button to e-file, which is the faster method—I hope you've at least gotten the ball rolling.
New padded flat rate envelopes now available.
The US Postal Service has introduced another new product: the padded flat rate Priority envelope.
The new envelope is for domestic shipping onl.
The new envelope is for domestic shipping only.
Post Office Introduces Padded Flat Rate Envelopes Option.
The White House is enveloped in fog.
" Envelopes are a critical element of the portraying yourself as a professional company," said Avalon Printing & Graphics Marketing Director Joshua Frank.

In science:

The complete understanding what exactly is λ (and in other words what is the energy required to remove the envelope) however is linked with how the envelope ejection happens, on which timescale and what energy can be used during the CE, and therefore is amalgamated into the α-parameter problem.
Common envelope: the progress and the pitfalls
What energy is really required? The original assumption that the energy requirement equals Ebind carries one of the two tacit assumptions: that an envelope is dispersed once its Wenv > 0, or that an envelope with Wenv > 0 is unstable.
Common envelope: the progress and the pitfalls
Energy losses The energy balance between the available and required energies as in the Eq.(1) implies that all the heat is transferred into the expanding envelope and that dispersed envelope has zero velocity at infinity.
Common envelope: the progress and the pitfalls
For example, if F : S × D → R is an enveloping function for a metric ϕ on D , and D ′ ⊂ D is a sub-domain with smooth (but not necessarily convex) boundary, then F |S×D′ is an enveloping function for ϕ|D′ .
Local monotonicity of Riemannian and Finsler volume with respect to boundary distances
If significant spin-up occurred, this must have been either during the common envelope phase, which seems unlikely owing to its short duration and complicated dynamics of the envelope mass, or before it, possibly when the expanding HD 49798 was close to fill its Roche-lobe.
The progenitor of a type Ia supernova with a short delay time?