En·vel·op v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enveloped p. pr. & vb. n. Enveloping.] To put a covering about; to wrap up or in; to inclose within a case, wrapper, integument or the like; to surround entirely; as, to envelop goods or a letter; the fog envelops a ship.
Nocturnal shades this world envelop. --J. Philips.
adj : surrounding and closing in on or hemming in; "the army's
enveloping maneuver" [syn: enveloping(a)]