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en·ve·lope

 (ĕn′və-lōp′, ŏn′-)
n.
1. A flat paper container, especially for a letter, usually having a gummed flap.
2. Something that envelops; a wrapping.
3. Biology An enclosing structure or cover, such as a membrane or the outer coat of a virus.
4. The bag containing the gas in a balloon or airship.
5. The set of limitations within which a technological system, especially an aircraft, can perform safely and effectively.
6. Astronomy
a. A usually spherical region of interstellar matter surrounding a forming star and interacting with the star's gravitational and radiation fields.
b. The coma of a comet.
7. Mathematics A curve or surface that is tangent to every one of a family of curves or surfaces.
Idiom:
push the envelope
To exceed or try to exceed the existing limits of a discipline or activity.

[French enveloppe, from envelopper, to envelop, from Old French envoloper; see envelop.]
Usage Note: Some people dislike the pronunciation (ŏn′və-lōp′), arguing that it is pretentious for being pseudo-French and that it is unnecessary, since there is a perfectly acceptable Anglicized pronunciation, (ĕn′və-lōp′). But the pronunciation with (ŏn) is gaining in acceptability: in our 1992 survey, 30 percent of the Usage Panel used it exclusively, and another 9 percent used it occasionally; by 2011, 46 percent selected it as their preferred pronunciation. Both forms should be considered standard.

envelope

(ˈɛnvəˌləʊp; ˈɒn-)
n
1. a flat covering of paper, usually rectangular in shape and with a flap that can be folded over and sealed, used to enclose a letter, etc
2. any covering or wrapper
3. (Biology) biology any enclosing structure, such as a membrane, shell, or skin
4. (Aeronautics) the bag enclosing the gas in a balloon
5. (Mathematics) maths a curve or surface that is tangent to each one of a group of curves or surfaces
6. (Electronics) electronics the sealed glass or metal housing of a valve, electric light, etc
7. (General Physics) telecomm the outer shape of a modulated wave, formed by the peaks of successive cycles of the carrier wave
8. push the envelope informal to push the boundaries of what is possible
[C18: from French enveloppe, from envelopper to wrap around; see envelop; sense 8 from aeronautics jargon, referring to graphs of aircraft performance]

en•ve•lope

(ˈɛn vəˌloʊp, ˈɑn-)

n.
1. a flat paper container, as for a letter or thin package, usu. having a gummed flap or other means of closure.
2. something that envelops; a wrapper or surrounding cover.
3. a surrounding or enclosing part, as an integument or an outer membrane.
4. Geom. a curve or surface tangent to each member of a set of curves or surfaces.
5. the fabric structure enclosing the gasbag of an aerostat.
6. the gasbag itself.
7. the airtight glass or metal housing of a vacuum tube.
8. the technical limits within which an aircraft or electronic system may be safely operated.
Idioms:
push the envelope, to stretch established limits, as in technological advance or social innovation.
[1700–10; < French enveloppe, derivative of envelopper to envelop]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.envelope - a flat (usually rectangular) container for a letter, thin package, etc.envelope - a flat (usually rectangular) container for a letter, thin package, etc.
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
window envelope - an envelope with a transparent panel that reveals the address on the enclosure
2.envelope - any wrapper or covering
wrapping, wrapper, wrap - the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped
3.envelope - a curve that is tangent to each of a family of curves
curve, curved shape - the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
4.envelope - a natural covering (as by a fluid); "the spacecraft detected an envelope of gas around the comet"
covering, natural covering, cover - a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover"
5.envelope - the maximum operating capability of a system (especially an aircraft); "test pilots try to push the envelope"
operating capability, performance capability - the capability of a technological system to perform as intended
6.envelope - the bag containing the gas in a balloon
bag - a flexible container with a single opening; "he stuffed his laundry into a large bag"
balloon - large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air

envelope

noun wrapping, casing, case, covering, cover, skin, shell, coating, jacket, sleeve, sheath, wrapper She opened the envelope and withdrew a typed note.
Translations
sobre de carta
obálka
konvolutkuvert
ümbrik
kirjekuori
omotnicakovertaomotač
borítéklevélboríték
umslag
封筒
봉투
vokas
aploksneapvalks
plic
obálka
ovojnica
kuvertomslaghöljehyllekonvolut
ซองจดหมาย
phong bì

envelope

[ˈenvələʊp] N [of letter] → sobre m (fig) (= wrapping) → funda f

envelope

[ˈɛnvələʊp] nenveloppe f
to push the envelope → repousser les limites

envelope

n
(Brief)umschlag m; (large: for packets etc) → Umschlag m
(of balloon, Biol) → Hülle f; (of airship)Außenhaut f; (of insect)Hautpanzer m

envelope

[ˈɛnvələʊp] nbusta
in a sealed envelope → in busta sigillata or chiusa

envelope

(ˈenvələup) noun
a thin, flat wrapper or cover, especially for a letter. The letter arrived in a long envelope.

envelope

ظَرْف obálka konvolut Briefumschlag φάκελος sobre kirjekuori enveloppe omotnica busta 封筒 봉투 envelop konvolutt koperta envelope конверт kuvert ซองจดหมาย zarf phong bì 信封

en·ve·lope

1. n. sobre, objeto de papel de uso postal;
2. cubierta;
cápsula.
References in classic literature ?
At first, everyone was eager to write, and plump envelopes were carefully poked into the letter box by one or other of the sisters, who felt rather important with their Washington correspondence.
In fact, as the great Hunter says, the mere skeleton of the whale bears the same relation to the fully invested and padded animal as the insect does to the chrysalis that so roundingly envelopes it.
The paymaster sat in a little booth, with a pile of envelopes before him, and two policemen standing by.
Having removed this impediment, and lifted certain silvery envelopes of tissue paper, she merely exclaimed -
A minute later he returned with two buff envelopes in his hand.
Ghost's two letters had been posted at the Boulevard des Capucines post-office, as Moncharmin remarked after examining the envelopes.
As he spoke he handed me three sheets of note paper and three envelopes.
Albert glanced carelessly at the different missives, selected two written in a small and delicate hand, and enclosed in scented envelopes, opened them and perused their contents with some attention.
The letters being finished, each put his own into two envelopes, so that no one, without tearing the first envelope, could discover to whom the second was addressed; then they drew near to each other and smilingly exchanged their letters.
Next moment she caught sight of some envelopes lying on the round marble-topped table in the middle of the hall.
I was fairly at the end of my tether at last, and could hardly find the stamps to answer the advertisements or the envelopes to stick them to.
And now his red and trembling hand went reluctantly to his breast-pocket, and passed a bundle of papers and envelopes to the brigand.