foiled

[foild]

adjective Architecture.

ornamented with foils, as a gable, spandrel, or balustrade.

Nearby words

  1. foia,
  2. foible,
  3. foie gras,
  4. foil,
  5. foilborne,
  6. foilsman,
  7. foin,
  8. foism,
  9. foison,
  10. foist

Origin of foiled

First recorded in 1655–65; foil2 + -ed3

Related formsun·foiled, adjective

foil

1
[foil]

verb (used with object)

to prevent the success of; frustrate; balk: Loyal troops foiled his attempt to overthrow the government.
to keep (a person) from succeeding in an enterprise, plan, etc.

noun

Archaic. a defeat; check; repulse.

Origin of foil

1
1250–1300; Middle English foilen, < Anglo-French foller, Old French fuler to trample, full (cloth). See full2

Related formsfoil·a·ble, adjectiveun·foil·a·ble, adjective

foil

2
[foil]

noun

metal in the form of very thin sheets: aluminum foil.
the metallic backing applied to glass to form a mirror.
a thin layer of metal placed under a gem in a closed setting to improve its color or brilliancy.
a person or thing that makes another seem better by contrast: The straight man was an able foil to the comic.
Architecture. an arc or a rounded space between cusps, as in the tracery of a window or other ornamentation.

verb (used with object)

to cover or back with foil.
to set off by contrast.

Origin of foil

2
1350–1400; Middle English foille, foil < Old French fuelle, fueille, foille (< Latin folia leaves), fuel, fueil, foil (< Latin folium leaf, blade)

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British Dictionary definitions for foiled

foil

1

verb (tr)

to baffle or frustrate (a person, attempt, etc)
hunting (of hounds, hunters, etc) to obliterate the scent left by a hunted animal or (of a hunted animal) to run back over its own trail
archaic to repulse or defeat (an attack or assailant)

noun

hunting any scent that obscures the trail left by a hunted animal
archaic a setback or defeat
Derived Formsfoilable, adjective

Word Origin for foil

C13 foilen to trample, from Old French fouler, from Old French fuler tread down, full ²

foil

2

noun

metal in the form of very thin sheetsgold foil; tin foil
the thin metallic sheet forming the backing of a mirror
a thin leaf of shiny metal set under a gemstone to add brightness or colour
a person or thing that gives contrast to another
architect a small arc between cusps, esp as used in Gothic window tracery
short for aerofoil, hydrofoil

verb (tr)

to back or cover with foil
Also: foliate architect to ornament (windows) with foils

Word Origin for foil

C14: from Old French foille, from Latin folia leaves, plural of folium

foil

3

noun

a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button and usually having a bell-shaped guard

Word Origin for foil

C16: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for foiled
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