- the line formed along the horizontal center of a standard-sized newspaper when it is folded after printing.
- a rough-and-ready dividing line, especially on the front page and other principal pages, between stories of primary and lesser importance.
- to break down; collapse: He folded up when the prosecutor discredited his story.
- to fail, especially to go out of business.
Origin of fold1
OTHER WORDS FROM foldfold·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for fold (2 of 3)
Origin of fold2
Other definitions for fold (3 of 3)
WORDS THAT USE -FOLD
What does -fold mean?
The combining form –fold is used like a suffix meaning “of so many parts.” It can also denote multiplication by the number indicated by the first part of the word. It is occasionally used in technical terms.
Examples of -fold
An example of a word you may have encountered that features –fold is twofold, “having two elements or parts.”
The two– part of the word represents the number “two.” As we have seen, –fold means “of so many parts.” Twofold literally means “of two parts.” It can also mean “twice as much.”
What are some words that use the combining form –fold?
What are some other forms that –fold may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that ends with the exact letters –fold, e.g., scaffold or billfold, is necessarily using the combining form –fold to denote “of so many parts.” Learn why scaffold means “raised framework” at our entry for the word.
How to use fold in a sentence
While some stray from the fold, most stay with the same pack their entire lives.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fold the parchment paper with the dry ingredients in half and pour into the stand mixer.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fold over the edges and crimp, then trim any remaining excess.
The parental fold may be about to envelope you—and yet also drive you mad.
They see him bringing working-class whites and Southerners into the fold in a way that no other Democrat could.
With a power over nature multiplied a hundred fold, nature still conquers us.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Fleurette he did not meet until he brought back the sight-seers to the fold in the evening.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
The second High-Pockets produced a worn bill-fold and extracted a pink union permit.Nine Men in Time|Noel Miller Loomis
If you use an envelope, and this custom is now universal, fold your letter neatly to fit into it; then direct on the envelope.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Rabbah was to be a sheep-fold, Babylon a menagerie of wild beasts—a very specific difference and very improbable.Gospel Philosophy|J. H. Ward
British Dictionary definitions for fold (1 of 3)
Derived forms of foldfoldable, adjective
Word Origin for fold
British Dictionary definitions for fold (2 of 3)
- a small enclosure or pen for sheep or other livestock, where they can be gathered
- the sheep or other livestock gathered in such an enclosure
- a flock of sheep
- a herd of Highland cattle
Word Origin for fold
British Dictionary definitions for fold (3 of 3)
Word Origin for -fold
Medical definitions for fold
Scientific definitions for fold
Other Idioms and Phrases with fold
In addition to the idioms beginning with fold
- fold one's tent
- fold up
- return to the fold