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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Engulfment A swallowing up as if in a gulf.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n engulfment The act of engulfing, or the state of being engulfed.
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  • John Dos Passos
    John Dos Passos
    “People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.”
  • James Baldwin
    “The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.”


In literature:

These comforting reflections availed her nothing, and a wave of fear advanced and threatened to engulf her.
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
The next instant the slender line, with a joyous hurrah, was engulfed in a giant column.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
Lawler's approach was noiseless, for all sound was engulfed in the steady, roaring whine of the storm.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
As, for the second time, Jim saw disaster engulf the Vision that had such power over him, he was seized by a cold numbness.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
Small as it was it engulfed him utterly.
"When the Yule Log Burns" by Leona Dalrymple
Becky felt herself engulfed by a wave of surging memories.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
Even men engulfed in the brutality of the trade they were in would not think of such an appalling crime.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
We are engulfed in one common ruin with others who have before stood steadfast through similar trials.
"Clemence" by Retta Babcock
Would they engulf you, and should I be to blame?
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
The girl's gray eyes seemed to engulf the lad, friendly if a little stern.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
The effect, however, was transitory, for the dark shadow soon engulfed the distant plain, blurring the fair scene even while we looked upon it.
"Round About the Carpathians" by Andrew F. Crosse
That enormous, almost transcendent trust in that which was absolutely unknown seemed to engulf her.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I cannot hear the dogs; they and the fox must be all engulfed in this cavern.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The desert was empty, a great, waving stretch of gold, but a caravan might be engulfed among the dunes.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
They pitied the poor fools engulfed in those masses of maddened plunging brutes and smashing wagons.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
With a roar that shook the planet the white wall rushed upon the great city beneath our feet, and in an instant it had been engulfed.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putman Serviss
Ahead the wide waste of the dark river seemed like an engulfing chasm.
"The Man Who Rocked the Earth" by Arthur Train
Suddenly the house parted and the woman was engulfed.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
Dirk sprang up and seized Trafford before the returning flood had engulfed him.
"Culm Rock" by Glance Gaylord
She was lost, engulfed in the hatred of Waldstricker.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White

In poetry:

See, see the whirlpool yawn,
Prepared t' engulf them all !
Within its fatal influence drawn,
In vain for help they call.
"Enigma XXVIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Outside the silence of my room
I hear the whimper of a leaf
Expanding to the enormous doom
And the whole world engulfed in grief.
"Ambulance At Night" by Douglas Gibson
Alas! thou answerest not! Silence profound
Engulfs me as I linger at the portal
Of this dark, narrow house, wherein lies bound
In death's cold chains, all that of thee was mortal.
"My Mothers Grave" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
In the pine wood the wind's torrent howls;
Above the torrential wind the crows are restless;
Above the fretting crows the sky is calm and blue.
Loneliness has engulfed all my thoughts.
"In The Pine Wood" by Chihwan Yu
Deliver him, he cried,
By losing him all in love, and cast his need
Alone and naked in the engulfing bride,
Never to flourish in the fields of the white seed
Or flower under the time dying flesh astride.
"A Winter's Tale" by Dylan Thomas
The night was tempestuous, most terrific, and pitch dark,
When Matthew Pengelly rescued Annie Marshall from an ill-fated barque,
But her parents were engulfed in the briny deep,
Which caused poor Annie at times to sigh and weep.
"Annie Marshall the Foundling" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The three story structure was engulfed in smoke when crews arrived.
Denison firefighters say the blaze ignited around 5:40 am at a home in the 600 block of West Day St Crews say when they arrived the home was fully engulfed.
Firefighters worked through the predawn hours to wrest control of the house on Mockingbird Drive that was fully engulfed in flames.
Press Photos/Paul L Newby II Flames engulf a row of third-floor apartments at the Indian Village Apartment complex in Grand Rapids on Sunday.
Engulfed by pitch-black smoke and scorching heat, the North Carolina firefighter was battling an intense blaze on the second floor of a townhome when he and his partner, a veteran firefighter, realized they couldn't find the way out.
The resignation of George Entwistle as Director General does not necessarily signal the end of the crisis which is engulfing the BBC.
The sex scandal engulfing two of our top military and intelligence officers could not be coming at a worse time: The Middle East has never been more unstable and closer to multiple, interconnected explosions.
Brownsville car becomes fully engulfed in flames.
A car became fully engulfed in flames in a Brownsville neighborhood early Saturday morning.
Fire crews say a detached garage in the 300 block of Samarkand Drive was fully engulfed when they arrived on scene.
"As soon as I got up, the whole kitchen was engulfed in flames," Beach said.
Gulley claims it's the same fish that engulfed part of diver Steve Withers days before.
Four stories of scrap metal was still engulfed in flames as of this morning, the Jersey City Fire Department reported.
Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a garage and a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.
Fire crews were called out Thursday afternoon to a fire at the Lander Community Center, which was engulfed in flames.

In science:

Pas t the percolation point, the giant component contains a finite fraction of the nodes, and eventually, it grows to engulf the entire system.
Kinetic Theory of Random Graphs
Instead of allowing matter to fall into the horizon, we are making a displacement of the horizon surface to engulf the matter when it is infinitesimally close to the horizon.
Thermodynamical Aspects of Gravity: New insights
Planets around an evolving donor star could be engulfed by the star and be destroyed.
Second generation planets
This occurs, e.g., if the donor’s envelope expands faster than its Roche lobe, and eventually engulfs the companion star.
Common envelope: the progress and the pitfalls
The transferred material cannot cool as fast as it is being transferred and the core of the primary star and the companion star (also referred to as secondary star) are both engulfed by the envelope of the former.
Post common envelope binaries from SDSS. XII: The orbital period distribution
In our simple model (figure 3) which tends to put the tropopause too low, by the time the surface temperature is 330 K the tropopause height would have risen to engulf the ozone maximum.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
After an early expansion in vacuum, the e± -photon plasma engulfs the baryonic matter MB of the outer shells and reaches thermal equilibrium with it.
GRB 110709B in the Induced Gravitational Collapse paradigm
They could also result from neutral hydrogen in dense regions engulfed by the expanding ionized bubbles during the late stages reionization.
The Alcock-Paczynski test in redshifted twenty one centimeter maps
Migration is then more likely to result in planet engulfment and, hence, leaving the system without a planet to be detected.
The Chemical Compositions of Stars with Planets: A Review
During periastron passage, the companion is basically engulfed in the wind of η Carinae and the ionized zone collapses, and formerly ionized material recombines.
Eta Car and Its Surroundings: the X-ray Diagnosis
The companion then expands, fills its own Roche Lobe and the two stars quickly become engulfed by the primary’s envelope.
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test
The Lorentz gamma factor increases with radius and the dynamics can be described by the energy conservation and the condition of adiabatic expansion.58,88 (2) Era II: The fireshell impacts with the non-collapsed bayonic remnants and engulfs them.
Fundamental physics from black holes, neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts
The radio emission is thought to arise from radiatively-compressed gas behind fast dissociative shocks driven into molecular clouds that are engulfed by the blastwave (Reach et al. 2005).
Fermi-LAT Discovery of GeV Gamma-ray Emission from the Vicinity of SNR W44
Firstly, until 1995 it was believed that the pocket of 13C remained in place until it was engulfed by the next flash-driven convective zone.
Nucleosynthesis in Intermediate-Mass Asymptotic Giant Branch Stars
Together with the H-burning ashes the heavy elements formed by this mechanism are then engulfed by the He-flash convection zone and can reach th e surface by the next dredge-up event.
Overshoot in Giant Stars