foliation

noun
fo·​li·​a·​tion | \ ˌfō-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce foliation (audio) \

Definition of foliation

1a : the process of forming into a leaf
b : the state of being in leaf
2 : the numbering of the leaves of a manuscript or early printed book
3a : ornamentation with foliage
b : a decoration resembling a leaf
4 : the enrichment of an opening by foils
5 : foliated texture

Examples of foliation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But because according to general relativity spacetime is curved, there is no standard way to extend a local foliation to the entire universe. The Editors, Scientific American, "Readers Respond to "Is Time an Illusion?" and Other Articles," 1 Oct. 2010

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First Known Use of foliation

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Foliation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foliation. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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