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foil

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verb \ˈfȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of foil

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  trample

  3. 2a :  to prevent from attaining an end :  defeat always able to foil her enemies Her accident foiled her from becoming a dancer.b :  to bring to naught :  thwart foiled the plot Police foiled an attempted robbery.

Origin and Etymology of foil

Middle English, alteration of fullen to full cloth, from Anglo-French foller — more at full

Synonym Discussion of foil

frustrate, thwart, foil, baffle, balk mean to check or defeat another's plan or block achievement of a goal. frustrate implies making vain or ineffectual all efforts however vigorous or persistent. frustrated attempts at government reform thwart suggests frustration or checking by crossing or opposing. the army thwarted his attempt at a coup foil implies checking or defeating so as to discourage further effort. foiled by her parents, he stopped trying to see her baffle implies frustration by confusing or puzzling. baffled by the maze of rules and regulations balk suggests the interposing of obstacles or hindrances. officials felt that legal restrictions had balked their efforts to control crime

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foil

noun

Definition of foil

  1. 1 archaic :  defeat

  2. 2 archaic :  the track or trail of an animal

Origin and Etymology of foil

see 1foil


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foil

noun

Definition of foil

  1. 1 :  very thin sheet metal aluminum foil

  2. 2 :  a thin piece of material (such as metal) put under an inferior or paste stone to add color or brilliance

  3. 3 :  someone or something that serves as a contrast to another acted as a foil for a comedian

  4. 4a :  an indentation between cusps in Gothic traceryb :  one of several arcs that enclose a complex figure

  5. 5 :  hydrofoil 1

Origin and Etymology of foil

Middle English, leaf, from Anglo-French fuille, foille (from Latin folia, plural of folium) & fuil, from Latin folium — more at blade

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foil

verb

Definition of foil

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to back or cover with foil

  3. 2 :  to enhance by contrast

First Known Use of foil

1611


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foil

noun

Definition of foil

  1. 1 :  a light fencing sword having a usually circular guard and a flexible blade of rectangular section tapering to a blunted point — compare épée, saber

  2. 2 :  the art or sport of fencing with the foil —often used in plural

Origin and Etymology of foil

origin unknown

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FOIL Defined for Kids

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foil

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verb \ˈfȯil\

Definition of foil for Students

foiled

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foiling

  1. :  to prevent from achieving a goal Police foiled the bank robbery.


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foil

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noun

Definition of foil for Students

  1. :  a very thin sheet of metal aluminum foil


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foil

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noun

Definition of foil for Students

  1. :  a fencing sword having a light flexible blade with a blunt point


Medical Dictionary

foil

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noun \ˈfȯil\

Medical Definition of foil

  1. :  very thin sheet metal (as of gold or platinum) used especially in filling teeth



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