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1fold

noun \ˈfōld\

Definition of FOLD

1
:  an enclosure for sheep
2
a :  a flock of sheep
b :  a group of people or institutions that share a common faith, belief, activity, or enthusiasm
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Origin of FOLD

Middle English, from Old English falod; akin to Old Saxon faled enclosure
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with FOLD

2fold

verb

Definition of FOLD

transitive verb
:  to pen up or confine (as sheep) in a fold

First Known Use of FOLD

before 12th century

3fold

verb

Definition of FOLD

transitive verb
1
:  to lay one part over another part of <fold a letter>
2
:  to reduce the length or bulk of by doubling over <fold a tent>
3
:  to clasp together :  entwine <fold the hands>
4
:  to clasp or enwrap closely :  embrace
5
:  to bend (as a layer of rock) into folds
6
a :  to incorporate (a food ingredient) into a mixture by repeated gentle overturnings without stirring or beating
b :  to incorporate closely
7
a :  to concede defeat by withdrawing (one's cards) from play (as in poker)
b :  to bring to an end
intransitive verb
1
:  to become doubled or pleated
2
:  to fail completely :  collapse; especially :  to go out of business
3
:  to fold one's cards (as in poker)
fold·able \ˈfōl-də-bəl\ adjective

Origin of FOLD

Middle English, from Old English fealdan; akin to Old High German faldan to fold, Greek diplasios twofold
First Known Use: before 12th century

4fold

noun

Definition of FOLD

1
:  a part doubled or laid over another part :  pleat
2
:  something that is folded together or that enfolds
3
a :  a bend or flexure produced in rock by forces operative after the depositing or consolidation of the rock
b chiefly British :  an undulation in the landscape
4
:  a margin apparently formed by the doubling upon itself of a flat anatomical structure (as a membrane)
5
:  a crease made by folding something (as a newspaper)

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First Known Use of FOLD

13th century
FOLDABLE Defined for Kids

1fold

noun \ˈfōld\

Definition of FOLD for Kids

:  an enclosure for sheep

2fold

verb
fold·edfold·ing

Definition of FOLD for Kids

1
:  to lay one part over or against another part <fold a blanket>
2
:  to clasp together <fold your hands>
3
:  1embrace 1 <She folded the child in her arms.>

3fold

noun

Definition of FOLD for Kids

1
:  an act or the result of laying one part over or against another <With just a few folds he made a paper airplane.>
2
:  a part laid over another part <the folds of the curtain>
3
:  a bend produced in a rock layer by pressure

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