to bend (cloth, paper, etc.) over upon itself.
to bring into a compact form by bending and laying parts together (often followed by up): to fold up a map; to fold one's legs under oneself.
to bend or wind (usually followed by about, round, etc.): to fold one's arms about a person's neck.
to bring (the wings) close to the body, as a bird on alighting.
to embrace or clasp; enfold: to fold someone in one's arms.
Cards. to place (one's cards) facedown so as to withdraw from the play.
Informal. to bring to an end; close up: The owner decided to fold the business and retire.
to be folded or be capable of folding: The doors fold back.
Cards. to place one's cards facedown so as to withdraw from the play.
Informal. to fail in business; be forced to close: The newspaper folded after 76 years.
Informal. to yield or give in: Dad folded and said we could go after all.
a crease made by folding: He cut the paper along the fold.
a hollow made by folding: to carry something in the fold of one's dress.
a hollow place in undulating ground: a fold of the mountains.
Geology. a portion of strata that is folded or bent, as an anticline or syncline, or that connects two horizontal or parallel portions of strata of different levels (as a monocline).
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.
a coil of a serpent, string, etc.
the act of folding or doubling over.
Anatomy. a margin or ridge formed by the folding of a membrane or other flat body part; plica.
fold in, Cooking. to mix in or add (an ingredient) by gently turning one part over another: Fold in the egg whites.
fold up, Informal.
to break down; collapse: He folded up when the prosecutor discredited his story.
to fail, especially to go out of business.
- fold·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for fold (2 of 3)
an enclosure for sheep or, occasionally, other domestic animals.
the sheep kept within it.
a flock of sheep.
the members of a church; congregation: He preached to the fold.
a group sharing common beliefs, values, etc.: He rejoined the fold after his youthful escapade.
to confine (sheep or other domestic animals) in a fold.
Other definitions for -fold (3 of 3)
a native English suffix meaning “of so many parts,” or denoting multiplication by the number indicated by the stem or word to which the suffix is attached: twofold; manifold.
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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 | THE 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 | THE 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)
to bend or be bent double so that one part covers another: to fold a sheet of paper
(tr) to bring together and intertwine (the arms, legs, etc): she folded her hands
(tr) (of birds, insects, etc) to close (the wings) together from an extended position
(tr; often foll by up or in) to enclose in or as if in a surrounding material
(tr foll by in) to clasp (a person) in the arms
(tr usually foll by round, about, etc) to wind (around); entwine
(tr) poetic to cover completely: night folded the earth
Also: fold in (tr) to mix (a whisked mixture) with other ingredients by gently turning one part over the other with a spoon
to produce a bend (in stratified rock) or (of stratified rock) to display a bend
(intr often foll by up) informal to collapse; fail: the business folded
a piece or section that has been folded: a fold of cloth
a mark, crease, or hollow made by folding
a hollow in undulating terrain
a bend in stratified rocks that results from movements within the earth's crust and produces such structures as anticlines and synclines
anatomy another word for plica (def. 1)
a coil, as in a rope, etc
an act of folding
- See also fold up
- foldable, adjective
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
a church or the members of it
any group or community sharing a way of life or holding the same values
(tr) to gather or confine (sheep or other livestock) in a fold
British Dictionary definitions for -fold (3 of 3)
having so many parts, being so many times as much or as many, or multiplied by so much or so many: threefold; three-hundredfold
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Scientific definitions for fold
A bend in a layer of rock or in another planar feature such as foliation or the cleavage of a mineral. Folds occur as the result of deformation, usually associated with plate-tectonic forces.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fold
In addition to the idioms beginning with fold
- fold one's tent
- fold up
- return to the fold
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