[ fohld ]
/ foʊld /
verb (used with object)
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 bring (the arms, hands, etc.) together in an intertwined or crossed manner; clasp; cross: He folded his arms on his chest.
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 enclose; wrap; envelop: to fold something in paper.
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.
verb (used without object)
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 part that is folded; pleat; layer: folds of cloth.
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, Cookery. 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.
Words nearby fold
Origin of fold1
OTHER WORDS FROM foldfold·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for foldable (1 of 2)
/ (fəʊld) /
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
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 forms of foldfoldable, adjective
Word Origin for fold
Old English fealdan; related to Old Norse falda , Old High German faldan, Latin duplus double, Greek haploos simple
British Dictionary definitions for foldable (2 of 2)
/ (fəʊld) /
- 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
Word Origin for fold
Old English falod; related to Old Saxon faled, Middle Dutch vaelt
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Medicine definitions for foldable
[ fōld ]
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 foldable
[ 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 foldable
In addition to the idioms beginning with fold
- fold one's tent
- fold up
- return to the fold
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