envelop[en vel′əp, in-]
Trees enveloped in mist.
An example of envelop is for a mist to completely hide a tree.
- to wrap up; cover completely
- to surround
- to conceal; hide
Origin of envelopMiddle English envolupen ; from Old French envoluper: see en- and amp; develop
transitive verben·vel·oped, en·vel·op·ing, en·vel·ops
- To wrap, enclose, or cover: “Accompanying the darkness, a stillness envelops the city” (Curtis Wilkie).
- To surround: The troops enveloped the town.
Origin of envelopMiddle English envolupen, to be involved in, from Old French envoluper, envoloper : en-, in; see en–1 + voloper, to wrap up; perhaps akin to Medieval Latin faluppa, chaff, straw (influenced by Latin volvere, to roll).
(third-person singular simple present envelops, present participle enveloping, simple past and past participle enveloped)
From Middle English envolupen, from Old French anveloper, envoluper (modern French envelopper), from en- + voloper, vloper (“to wrap, wrap up”) (compare Italian -viluppare; Old Italian alternate form goluppare (“to wrap”)) from Vulgar Latin *vuloppare (“to wrap”), from Proto-Germanic *wlappaną, *wrappaną (“to wrap, roll up, turn, wind”), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (“to turn, bend”) . Akin to Middle English wlappen (“to wrap, fold”) (Modern English lap (“to wrap, involve, fold”)), Middle English wrappen (“to wrap”), Middle Dutch lappen (“to wrap up, embrace”), Danish dialectal vravle (“to wind, twist”), Middle Low German wrempen (“to wrinkle, distort”), Old English wearp (“warp”). Doublet of inwrap.