- a growing of or developing into a leaf or leaves; leaf formation
- the state of being in leaf
- the way leaves are arranged in the bud; vernation
- the act or process of beating metal into layers
- a splitting into leaflike layers: said of certain minerals
- the property of splitting into such layers
- such layers
- the process of backing glass as with metal foil to make a mirror
- the consecutive numbering of leaves, rather than pages, of a book
- a decorating with leaflike ornamentation
- a leaflike decoration consisting of small arcs or foils
Origin of foliationMedieval Latin foliatio: see foliate
- The state of being in leaf.
- Decoration with sculpted or painted foliage.
- Architecture Decoration of an opening with cusps and foils, as in Gothic tracery.
- a. The act, process, or product of forming metal into thin leaf or foil.b. The act or process of coating glass with metal foil.
- a. The process of numbering consecutively the leaves of a book or manuscript.b. The leaves so numbered.
- Geology The set of layers visible in many metamorphic rocks as a result of the flattening and stretching of mineral grains during metamorphism.
- The process of forming into a leaf or leaves.
- The manner in which the young leaves are disposed within the bud.
- The act of beating a metal into a thin plate, leaf, foil, or lamina.
- The act of coating with an amalgam of tin foil and quicksilver, as in making looking-glasses.
- The enrichment of an opening by means of foils, arranged in trefoils, quatrefoils, etc.; also, one of the ornaments.
- The property, possessed by some crystalline rocks, of dividing into plates or slabs, which is due to the cleavage structure of one of the constituents, as mica or hornblende. It may sometimes include slaty structure or cleavage, though the latter is usually independent of any mineral constituent, and transverse to the bedding, it having been produced by pressure.
- (topology) A set of submanifolds of a given manifold, each of which is of lower dimension than it, but which, taken together, are coextensive with it.