Definitions for: Fold


[n] the act of folding; "he gave the napkins a double fold"
[n] a pen for sheep
[n] a folded part (as a fold of skin or muscle)
[n] a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church
[n] an angular or rounded shape made by folding; "a fold in the napkin"; "a crease in his trousers"; "a plication on her blouse"; "a flexure of the colon"; "a bend of his elbow"
[adj] (used in combination) multiplied by a specified number; "`fold' is a combing form in expressions like `a fiftyfold increase'"
[v] incorporate a food ingredient into a mixture by repeatedly turning it over without stirring or beating; "Fold the egg whites into the batter"
[v] become folded or folded up; "The bed folds in a jiffy"
[v] bend or lay so that one part covers the other; "fold up the newspaper"; "turn up your collar"
[v] confine in a fold, like sheep
[v] intertwine; "fold one's hands, arms, or legs"
[v] cease to operate or cause to cease operating; "The owners decided to move and to close the factory"; "My business closes every night at 8 P.M."



Webster (1913) Definition: Fold, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Folded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Folding.] [OE. folden, falden, AS. fealdan; akin to OHG.
faltan, faldan, G. falten, Icel. falda, Dan. folde, Sw.
f[*a]lla, Goth. fal?an, cf. Gr.? twofold, Skr. pu?a a fold.
Cf. Fauteuil.]
1. To lap or lay in plaits or folds; to lay one part over
another part of; to double; as, to fold cloth; to fold a
letter.

As a vesture shalt thou fold them up. --Heb. i. 12.

2. To double or lay together, as the arms or the hands; as,
he folds his arms in despair.

3. To inclose within folds or plaitings; to envelop; to
infold; to clasp; to embrace.

A face folded in sorrow. --J. Webster.

We will descend and fold him in our arms. --Shak.

4. To cover or wrap up; to conceal.

Nor fold my fault in cleanly coined excuses. --Shak.


Fold, v. i.
To become folded, plaited, or doubled; to close over another
of the same kind; to double together; as, the leaves of the
door fold. --1 Kings vi. 34.


Fold, n. [From Fold, v. In sense 2 AS. -feald, akin to
fealdan to fold.]
1. A doubling,esp. of any flexible substance; a part laid
over on another part; a plait; a plication.

Mummies . . . shrouded in a number of folds of
linen. --Bacon.

Folds are most common in the rocks of mountainous
regions. --J. D. Dana.

2. Times or repetitions; -- used with numerals, chiefly in
composition, to denote multiplication or increase in a
geometrical ratio, the doubling, tripling, etc., of
anything; as, fourfold, four times, increased in a
quadruple ratio, multiplied by four.

3. That which is folded together, or which infolds or
envelops; embrace.

Shall from your neck unloose his amorous fold.
--Shak.

Fold net, a kind of net used in catching birds.


Fold, n. [OE. fald, fold, AS. fald, falod.]
1. An inclosure for sheep; a sheep pen.

Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold.
--Milton.

2. A flock of sheep; figuratively, the Church or a church;
as, Christ's fold.

There shall be one fold and one shepherd. --John x.
16.

The very whitest lamb in all my fold. --Tennyson.

3. A boundary; a limit. [Obs.] --Creech.

Fold yard, an inclosure for sheep or cattle.


Fold, v. t.
To confine in a fold, as sheep.


Fold, v. i.
To confine sheep in a fold. [R.]

The star that bids the shepherd fold. --Milton.

Synonyms: bend, close, close down, congregation, crease, crimp, faithful, flexure, fold up, fold up, folding, multiple, pen up, plica, plication, sheep pen, sheepcote, sheepfold, shut down, turn up

Antonyms: open, open, open up, spread, spread out, unfold

See Also: adjourn, anatomical structure, angular shape, angularity, bodily structure, body structure, change, change of shape, change surface, collapse, complex body part, confine, corrugate, crease, crease, crimp, crinkle, crinkle, crisp, cross, crumple, denomination, enlace, entwine, epicanthic fold, epicanthus, flock, furrow, hold, incorporate, integrate, interlace, intertwine, kink, lace, pen, pinch, plait, pleat, pleat, pleating, plica vocalis, plicate, plication, pucker, restrain, retire, ruck, ruckle, ruffle, ruga, rumple, scrunch, scrunch up, social group, structure, tentorium, tuck, twine, twirl, twist, vocal band, vocal cord, vocal fold, withdraw, wrinkle, wrinkle

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