fold


fold
fold
fold1 [fōld]
vt.
[ME folden < OE faldan (WS fealdan), akin to Ger falten < IE * pel-to < base * pel-, to fold > (SIM)PLE, (TRI)PLE]
1.
a) to bend or press (something) so that one part is over another; double up on itself [to fold a sheet]
b) to make more compact by so doubling a number of times
2. to draw together and intertwine [to fold the arms]
3. to draw (wings) close to the body
4. to clasp in the arms; embrace
5. to wrap up; envelop
vi.
1. to be or become folded
2. Informal to fail; specif.,
a) to be forced to close, as a business, play, etc.
b) to succumb, as to exhaustion; collapse
3. Poker to withdraw from the betting on a hand, specif. by turning over one's exposed cards
n.
1. a folded part or layer
2. a mark made by folding
3. a hollow or crease produced by folded parts or layers
4. Brit. a hollow; small valley
5. Geol. a rock layer folded by pressure
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fold in
Cooking to blend (an ingredient) into a mixture, using gentle, cutting strokes
fold2 [fōld]
n.
[ME < OE fald, akin to Du vaalt, enclosed place, Dan fold, sheep pen]
1. a pen in which to keep sheep
2. sheep kept together; flock of sheep
3. a group or organization with common interests, aims, faith, etc., as a church
vt.
to keep or confine in a pen

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Fold — Fold, n. [OE. fald, fold, AS. fald, falod.] 1. An inclosure for sheep; a sheep pen. [1913 Webster] Leaps o er the fence with ease into the fold. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. A flock of sheep; figuratively, the Church or a church; as, Christ s fold.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fold — (f[=o]ld), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Folded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Folding}.] [OE. folden, falden, AS. fealdan; akin to OHG. faltan, faldan, G. falten, Icel. falda, Dan. folde, Sw. f[*a]lla, Goth. fal[thorn]an, cf. Gr. di pla sios twofold, Skr. pu[.t]a a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fold — Fold, n. [From {Fold}, v. In sense 2 AS. feald, akin to fealdan to fold.] 1. A doubling,esp. of any flexible substance; a part laid over on another part; a plait; a plication. [1913 Webster] Mummies . . . shrouded in a number of folds of linen.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fold — Ⅰ. fold [1] ► VERB 1) bend (something) over on itself so that one part of it covers another. 2) (often as adj. folding) be able to be folded into a flatter shape. 3) use (a soft or flexible material) to cover or wrap something in. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • fold — [fəʊld ǁ foʊld] also fold up verb [intransitive] ECONOMICS if a business folds or folds up, it stops operating or trading because it does not have enough money to continue: • The U.K. engineering firm has folded today with the loss of 30 jobs. •… …   Financial and business terms

  • Fold — Fold, v. i. To confine sheep in a fold. [R.] [1913 Webster] The star that bids the shepherd fold. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -fold — [fəʊld ǁ foʊld] suffix a particular number of times: • The value of the house has increased fourfold in the last ten years (= it is now worth four times as much as it was ten years ago ) . * * * fold suffix ► having the stat …   Financial and business terms

  • fold — [n] double thickness bend, circumvolution, cockle, convolution, corrugation, crease, crimp, crinkle, dog’s ear*, flection, flexure, furrow, gather, gathering, groove, knife edge*, lap, lapel, layer, loop, overlap, plait, pleat, plica, plication,… …   New thesaurus

  • Fold — Fold, v. i. To become folded, plaited, or doubled; to close over another of the same kind; to double together; as, the leaves of the door fold. 1 Kings vi. 34. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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