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English noun: envelope

1. envelope (artifact) a flat (usually rectangular) container for a letter, thin package, etc.

Broader (hypernym)container

Narrower (hyponym)window envelope

2. envelope (artifact) any wrapper or covering

Broader (hypernym)wrap, wrapper, wrapping

3. envelope (shape) a curve that is tangent to each of a family of curves

Broader (hypernym)curve, curved shape

4. envelope (object) a natural covering (as by a fluid)

SamplesThe spacecraft detected an envelope of gas around the comet.

Broader (hypernym)cover, covering, natural covering

5. envelope (attribute) the maximum operating capability of a system (especially an aircraft)

SamplesTest pilots try to push the envelope.

Broader (hypernym)operating capability, performance capability

6. envelope (artifact) the bag containing the gas in a balloon


Broader (hypernym)bag

Part meronymballoon

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