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Wrap \Wrap\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrappedor Wrapt; p. pr. & vb. n. Wrapping.] [OE. wrappen, probably akin to E. warp. [root]144. Cf. Warp.] [1913 Webster]
To wind or fold together; to arrange in folds. [1913 Webster] Then cometh Simon Peter, . . . and seeth . . . the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. --John xx. 6,
[1913 Webster] Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]
To cover by winding or folding; to envelop completely; to involve; to infold; -- often with up. [1913 Webster] I . . . wrapt in mist Of midnight vapor, glide obscure. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To conceal by enveloping or infolding; to hide; hence, to involve, as an effect or consequence; to be followed by. [1913 Webster] Wise poets that wrap truth in tales. --Carew. [1913 Webster] To be wrapped up in, to be wholly engrossed in; to be entirely dependent on; to be covered with. [1913 Webster] Leontine's young wife, in whom all his happiness was wrapped up, died in a few days after the death of her daughter. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Things reflected on in gross and transiently . . . are thought to be wrapped up in impenetrable obscurity. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 cloak that is folded or wrapped around a person [syn: wrapper]
2 a sandwich in which the filling is rolled up in a soft tortilla
3 the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped [syn: wrapping, wrapper]


1 arrange or fold as a cover or protection; "wrap the baby before taking her out"; "Wrap the present" [syn: wrap up] [ant: unwrap]
2 wrap or coil around; "roll your hair around your finger"; "Twine the thread around the spool" [syn: wind, roll, twine] [ant: unwind]
3 enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering; "Fog enveloped the house" [syn: envelop, enfold, enwrap, enclose] [also: wrapping, wrapped]


1 the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped [syn: wrap, wrapper]
2 an enveloping bandage [syn: swathe]
wrapping See wrap




  1. The material in which something is wrapped
  • Wrapping (overflow), a variable that exceeds its maximum value in computing
  • Wrapping (graphics), the process of limiting a position to an area in computer graphics
  • Wrapping paper, paper used for wrapping a gift
  • Word wrapping, a feature supported by most text editors that allows them to insert soft returns at the right-side margins of a document
  • Mandrel wrapping, a technique used to modify the modal distribution of a propagating optical signal in multimode fiber optics
  • Buddy wrapping, the act of bandaging a damaged (particularly a fractured) finger or toe together with a healthy one
  • Wire wrapping, a technique for constructing small numbers of complex electronics assemblies
  • Wrap
  • Rapping
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