Complete Definition of "envelope"

English

Pronunciation
(General American|US) AHD|ĕn'və-lōp, IPA|/ˈɛnvəlop/, X-SAMPA: /<tt>"[email protected]</tt>/
:audio|en-us-envelope.ogg|Audio (US)
(Received Pronunciation|RP) IPA|/ˈɛnvələʊp/, X-SAMPA: /<tt>"[email protected]@Up</tt>/
:audio|en-uk-envelope.ogg|Audio (UK)
(General American|US) (nonstandard) AHD|ŏn'və-lōp, IPA|/ˈɒnvəlop/, X-SAMPA: /<tt>"[email protected]</tt>/
:audio|en-us-envelope2.ogg|Audio 2 (US)
(Received Pronunciation|RP) IPA|/ˈɒnvələʊp/, X-SAMPA: /<tt>"[email protected]@Up</tt>/
:audio|en-uk-envelope2.ogg|Audio 2 (UK)

Noun
envelope (plural envelopes)

  1. A paper or cardboard wrapper used to enclose and small, flat items, especially letters, for mailing.
  2. Something that envelops; a wrapping
  3. A bag containing the lifting gas of a balloon or airship.
  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 an email that is transmitted with the email 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.

Derived terms
envelope detector
envelope paradox
push the envelope
return envelope
window envelope

Synonyms
(something that envelops): wrapper
(bag containing the lifting gas): gasbag

Translations

trans-top|wrapper for mailing
Albanian: zarf g|Albanian
Catalan: sobre de carta f
Czech: t-|cs|obálka|f
Danish: t-|da|kuvert, t-|da|konvolut
Dutch: t+|nl|envelop|f, t-|nl|enveloppe|f, briefomslag m, omslag m
Estonian: ümbrik
Finnish: t+|fi|kirjekuori
French: t-|fr|enveloppe|f
German: t+|de|Briefumschlag|m, t+|de|Umschlag|m
Greek: t|el|φάκελος|sc=Grek (fakelos)
Hebrew: מעטפה (ma'atafa) f
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Italian: t+|it|busta|f
Japanese: 封筒 (ふうとう, fuutou)
Korean: t-|ko|봉투|sc=Hang
Mandarin: zh-ts|信封|信封 (xìnfēng)
Polish: t|pl|koperta
Portuguese: t+|pt|envelope|m
Romanian: t-|ro|plic|n
Russian: t+|ru|конверт|m|trkonvert|scCyrl
Spanish: t+|es|sobre|m
Swedish: t-|sv|kuvert|n, t-|sv|konvolut|n
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trans-top|something that envelops
German: t+|de|Umschlag|m
Swedish: t-|sv|konvolut|n, t-|sv|omslag|n
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trans-top|bag containing the lifting gas
Swedish: t-|sv|hölje|n
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trans-top|geometry: object that is the tangent to a family of objects
French: t-|fr|enveloppe|f
German: Hüllkurve f
Russian: огибающая f
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trans-top|electronics: curve that bounds a set of curves
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trans-top|music: shape of a sound
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trans-top|computing: routing information of an email
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trans-top|biology: enclosing structure or cover
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Swedish: t-|sv|hylle|n
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trans-top|engineering: limits within which a technological system can perform safely and effectively
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ttbc|Romanian: anvelopă n (tire); evolventă f (tangent to a family of objects)

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See also
envelop (verb)
w:envelope|Wikipedia article on envelopes used for mailing
w:envelope_(mathematics)|Wikipedia article on envelopes in geometry

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