envelope

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the French enveloppe, from envelopper.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

envelope (plural envelopes)

  1. A paper or cardboard wrapper used to enclose small, flat items, especially letters, for mailing.
    • 2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18:
      Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.
  2. Something that envelops; a wrapping.
  3. A bag containing the lifting gas of a balloon or airship; fabric that encloses the gas-bags of an airship.
    • 1992, Lieutenant Colonel Donald E. Ryan, Jr, The airship's potential for intertheater and intratheater airlift, DIANE Publishing, page 46:
      They have no internal or external support structure, being simply a fabric bag (or envelope) filled with a lighter than air gas. Inside the envelope are one or more "ballonets", or smaller bags, which help maintain the envelope's shape.
  4. (geometry) A mathematical curve, surface, or higher-dimensional object that is the tangent to a given family of lines, curves, surfaces, or higher-dimensional objects.
  5. (electronics) A curve that bounds another curve or set of curves, as the modulation envelope of an amplitude-modulated carrier wave in electronics.
  6. (music) The shape of a sound, which may be controlled by a synthesizer or sampler.
  7. (computing) The information used for routing a message that is transmitted with the message but not part of its contents.
  8. (biology) An enclosing structure or cover, such as a membrane.
  9. (engineering) The set of limitations within which a technological system can perform safely and effectively.
  10. (astronomy) The nebulous covering of the head or nucleus of a comet; a coma.
  11. An earthwork in the form of a single parapet or a small rampart, sometimes raised in the ditch and sometimes beyond it.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wilhelm to this entry?)
Derived terms[edit]
Synonyms[edit]
  • (something that envelops): wrapper
  • (bag containing the lifting gas): gasbag
Translations[edit]
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See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

See envelop.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

envelope (third-person singular simple present envelopes, present participle enveloping, simple past and past participle enveloped)

  1. (nonstandard) Alternative spelling of envelop

Portuguese[edit]

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 envelope on Portuguese Wikipedia
envelopes

Etymology[edit]

From French enveloppe, from envelopper.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ẽ.vɨ.ˈlɔ.pɨ/
  • Hyphenation: en‧ve‧lo‧pe

Noun[edit]

envelope m (plural envelopes)

  1. envelope