envelopment

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French enveloppement

Noun[edit]

envelopment (countable and uncountable, plural envelopments)

  1. The act of enveloping
  2. (military) An offensive action in which an attacking force moves over or around the enemy and attacks from the rear; see also pincer movement
  3. (fencing) An action to seize the opponent's blade in one line and lead it (without losing contact) through a full circle to end in the same line