Nearby words

  1. fokker,
  2. fokker, anthony,
  3. fol.,
  4. folacin,
  5. folate,
  6. fold one's tent,
  7. fold up,
  8. fold-and-thrust belt,
  9. fold-down,
  10. fold-out

Origin of fold

1
before 900; (v.) Middle English folden, falden, Old English faldan; cognate with G. falten; (v.) Middle English fald, derivative of the n.; akin to Latin plicāre to fold, plectere to plait, twine, Greek plékein; cf. -fold

Related formsfold·a·ble, adjective

fold

2
[fohld]

noun

an enclosure for sheep or, occasionally, other domestic animals.
the sheep kept within it.
a flock of sheep.
a church.
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.

verb (used with object)

to confine (sheep or other domestic animals) in a fold.

Origin of fold

2
before 900; Middle English fold, fald, Old English fald, falod; akin to Old Saxon faled pen, enclosure, Middle Low German vālt pen, enclosure, manure heap, Middle Dutch vaelt, vaelde

-fold

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.

Origin of -fold

Middle English; Old English -fald, -feald, cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon -fald, German -falt, Old Norse -faldr, Gothic -falths, all representing the Germanic base of fold1; akin to Greek -ploos, -plous (see haplo-, diplo-), Latin -plus (see simple, double, etc.), -plex -plex

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British Dictionary definitions for fold

fold

1

verb

to bend or be bent double so that one part covers anotherto 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 completelynight 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; failthe business folded

noun

a piece or section that has been foldeda 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

Derived Formsfoldable, adjective

Word Origin for fold

Old English fealdan; related to Old Norse falda , Old High German faldan, Latin duplus double, Greek haploos simple

noun

  1. a small enclosure or pen for sheep or other livestock, where they can be gathered
  2. the sheep or other livestock gathered in such an enclosure
  3. a flock of sheep
  4. 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

verb

(tr) to gather or confine (sheep or other livestock) in a fold

Word Origin for fold

Old English falod; related to Old Saxon faled, Middle Dutch vaelt

-fold

suffix forming adjectives, suffix forming adverbs

having so many parts, being so many times as much or as many, or multiplied by so much or so manythreefold; three-hundredfold

Word Origin for -fold

Old English -fald, -feald

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Word Origin and History for fold
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Medicine definitions for fold

fold

[fōld]

n.

A crease or ridge apparently formed by folding, as of a membrane; a plica.
In the embryo, a transient elevation or reduplication of tissue in the form of a lamina.

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Science definitions for fold

fold

[fōld]

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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Idioms and Phrases with fold

fold

In addition to the idioms beginning with fold

  • fold one's tent
  • fold up

also see:

  • return to the fold
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