fold·​ing | \ ˈfōl-diŋ How to pronounce folding (audio) \

Definition of folding

: capable of being folded into a more compact shape folding chairs a folding door

Examples of folding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the foldable phone becomes roughly the same price as a non-folding phone, people will make the jump. Ben Sin, Forbes, "Xiaomi’s Mix Fold Is Foldables’ First Step In Going Mainstream," 21 Apr. 2021 This is an adjustable folding panel that can save you a lot of money on renovation costs. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Wall Divider," 14 Apr. 2021 Coincidentally, Italian star Marcello Mastroianni made the earlier, non-folding design famous in his film Divorce, Italian Style (after immortalizing yet another pair of Persols, the 3260, in La Dolce Vita). Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, "Steve McQueen’s Iconic Persol Sunglasses Are Back—for Good," 12 Apr. 2021 A dozen or so folding chairs are kept in a corral under the stairs for early birds. Pete Wells, New York Times, "A MacGyver of Slow-Cooked Meats at Franklin Barbecue," 14 Mar. 2017 Industrial designer Duncan Fitzsimons wants to change this with his Crossbreed, a full-sized folding wheel. Charlie Sorrel, WIRED, "Crossbreed Folding Wheel Makes Bikes Even Smaller," 4 Feb. 2008

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First Known Use of folding

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of folding was in the 15th century

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28 Apr 2021

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“Folding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of folding

: able to be folded into a smaller shape : designed to be folded

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