- The definition of a fold is a crease, something that has been bended or the act of bending one part over another.
An example of a fold is a crease in a piece of construction paper.
- Fold is defined as to bend to bring one part over another.
- An example of fold is to create a card from one sheet of paper.
- An example of fold is to close up a beach chair.
- An example of fold is to cross ones arms.
Paper being folded to make a card.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to bend or press (something) so that one part is over another; double up on itself: to fold a sheet
- to make more compact by so doubling a number of times
- to draw together and intertwine: to fold the arms
- to draw (wings) close to the body
- to clasp in the arms; embrace
- to wrap up; envelop
Origin: Middle English folden ; from Old English faldan (WS fealdan), akin to German falten ; from Indo-European an unverified form pel-to ; from base an unverified form pel-, to fold from source (sim)ple, (tri)ple
- to be or become folded
- ☆ Informal to fail; specif.,
- to be forced to close, as a business, play, etc.
- to succumb, as to exhaustion; collapse
- ☆ Poker to withdraw from the betting on a hand, specif. by turning over one's exposed cards
- a folded part or layer
- a mark made by folding
- a hollow or crease produced by folded parts or layers
- Brit. a hollow; small valley
- Geol. a rock layer folded by pressure
- a pen in which to keep sheep
- sheep kept together; flock of sheep
- a group or organization with common interests, aims, faith, etc., as a church
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English fald, akin to Dutch vaalt, enclosed place, Danish fold, sheep pen
- having (a specified number of) parts: a tenfold division
- (a specified number of) times as many, as much, as large: to profit tenfold
Origin: Middle English -fold, -fald ; from Old English -feald: see fold
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verb fold·ed, fold·ing, folds verb, transitive
- To bend over or double up so that one part lies on another part: fold a sheet of paper.
- To make compact by doubling or bending over parts: folded the laundry; folded the chairs for stacking.
- To bring from an extended to a closed position: The hawk folded its wings.
- To bring from a compact to an extended position; unfold: folded the ironing board down from the wall; folded out the map to see where we were.
- To place together and intertwine: fold one's arms.
- To envelop or clasp; enfold: folded his children to his breast; folded the check into the letter.
- To blend (a light ingredient) into a heavier mixture with a series of gentle turns: folded the beaten egg whites into the batter.
- a. Informal To discontinue operating; close: They had to fold the company a year after they started it.b. Games To withdraw (one's hand) in defeat, as by laying cards face down on a table.
- Geology To form bends in (a stratum of rock).
- a. To become folded.b. To be capable of being folded: a bed that folds for easy storage.
- Informal To close, especially for lack of financial success; fail.
- Games To withdraw from a game in defeat.
- Informal a. To give in; buckle: a team that never folded under pressure.b. To weaken or collapse from exertion.
- The act or an instance of folding.
- A part that has been folded over or against another: the loose folds of the drapery; clothes stacked in neat folds.
- A line or mark made by folding; a crease: tore the paper carefully along the fold.
- A coil or bend, as of rope.
- Chiefly British A hill or dale in undulating country.
- Geology A bend in a stratum of rock.
- Anatomy A crease or ridge apparently formed by folding, as of a membrane; a plica.
Origin: Middle English folden, from Old English fealdan, faldan; see pel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- foldˈa·ble adjective
top: isocline fold
bottom: recumbent fold
- A fenced enclosure for domestic animals, especially sheep.
- A flock of sheep.
- a. A group of people or institutions bound together by common beliefs and aims: “He is a living testament to the wisdom of admitting lay psychoanalysts into the official fold” (Jerome Bruner).b. A religious congregation: The priest welcomed new parishioners into the fold.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English fald.
- Divided into a specified number of parts: fivefold.
- Multiplied by a specified number: fiftyfold.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English -feald, -fald; see pel-2 in Indo-European roots.
fold - Computer Definition
The amount of information that can be viewed on screen without scrolling. This is an important design consideration when laying out a Web page so that the impact can be viewed all at once. The actual area cannot be determined exactly, because a higher screen resolution will show more than a lower one. For example, there will be more data visible in the fold if the monitor is set to 1024x768 than at 800x600. See screen resolution.
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fold - Medical Definition
- 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.
fold - Phrases/Idioms
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fold - Science Definition
types of folds: a. anticline, b. syncline, c. isocline, d. overturned, e. recumbent, f. overthrust
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