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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

Definition for folding (2 of 2)

fold

2
[ fohld ]
/ foʊld /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for folding (1 of 2)

fold

1
/ (fəʊld) /

verb

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for folding (2 of 2)

fold

2
/ (fəʊld) /

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
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Medicine definitions for folding

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 folding

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 folding

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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