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fold1

[fohld] /foʊld/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bend (cloth, paper, etc.) over upon itself.
2.
to bring into a compact form by bending and laying parts together (often followed by up):
to fold up a map; to fold one's legs under oneself.
3.
to bring (the arms, hands, etc.) together in an intertwined or crossed manner; clasp; cross:
He folded his arms on his chest.
4.
to bend or wind (usually followed by about, round, etc.):
to fold one's arms about a person's neck.
5.
to bring (the wings) close to the body, as a bird on alighting.
6.
to enclose; wrap; envelop:
to fold something in paper.
7.
to embrace or clasp; enfold:
to fold someone in one's arms.
8.
Cards. to place (one's cards) facedown so as to withdraw from the play.
9.
Informal. to bring to an end; close up:
The owner decided to fold the business and retire.
verb (used without object)
10.
to be folded or be capable of folding:
The doors fold back.
11.
Cards. to place one's cards facedown so as to withdraw from the play.
12.
Informal. to fail in business; be forced to close:
The newspaper folded after 76 years.
13.
Informal. to yield or give in:
Dad folded and said we could go after all.
noun
14.
a part that is folded; pleat; layer:
folds of cloth.
15.
a crease made by folding:
He cut the paper along the fold.
16.
a hollow made by folding:
to carry something in the fold of one's dress.
17.
a hollow place in undulating ground:
a fold of the mountains.
18.
Geology. a portion of strata that is folded or bent, as an anticline or syncline, or that connects two horizontal or parallel portions of strata of different levels (as a monocline).
19.
Journalism.
  1. the line formed along the horizontal center of a standard-sized newspaper when it is folded after printing.
  2. a rough-and-ready dividing line, especially on the front page and other principal pages, between stories of primary and lesser importance.
20.
a coil of a serpent, string, etc.
21.
the act of folding or doubling over.
22.
Anatomy. a margin or ridge formed by the folding of a membrane or other flat body part; plica.
Verb phrases
23.
fold in, Cookery. to mix in or add (an ingredient) by gently turning one part over another:
Fold in the egg whites.
24.
fold up, Informal.
  1. to break down; collapse:
    He folded up when the prosecutor discredited his story.
  2. to fail, especially to go out of business.
Origin
900
before 900; (v.) Middle English folden, falden, Old English faldan; cognate with G. falten; (v.) Middle English fald, derivative of the n.; akin to Latin plicāre to fold, plectere to plait, twine, Greek plékein; cf. -fold
Related forms
foldable, adjective

fold2

[fohld] /foʊld/
noun
1.
an enclosure for sheep or, occasionally, other domestic animals.
2.
the sheep kept within it.
3.
a flock of sheep.
4.
a church.
5.
the members of a church; congregation:
He preached to the fold.
6.
a group sharing common beliefs, values, etc.:
He rejoined the fold after his youthful escapade.
verb (used with object)
7.
to confine (sheep or other domestic animals) in a fold.
Origin
before 900; Middle English fold, fald, Old English fald, falod; akin to Old Saxon faled pen, enclosure, Middle Low German vālt pen, enclosure, manure heap, Middle Dutch vaelt, vaelde
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  • Make the folds sharp and flat by running a stiff ruler over them to smooth.
  • Some of us pine for that car that folds up into a suitcase.
  • The programme folds in, with slight twists, many big political events of the past year.
  • The different tripes from the first three chambers of a cow's stomach are displayed in lush folds of white and grey.
  • When a brokerage folds up, it's supposed to return all your securities and cash to you.
  • So he reads them and ponders them, folds them into his worldview.
  • Then she folds her paper, stands up, and takes his hand.
  • Before his exquisite sentences verbal criticism folds its hands for lack of argument.
  • He usually folds them between layers of clothes and packs them in his suitcase.
  • We stuffed the ducks with marinade and closed the cavities by threading a skewer through folds of skin.
British Dictionary definitions for folds

fold1

/fəʊld/
verb
1.
to bend or be bent double so that one part covers another: to fold a sheet of paper
2.
(transitive) to bring together and intertwine (the arms, legs, etc): she folded her hands
3.
(transitive) (of birds, insects, etc) to close (the wings) together from an extended position
4.
(transitive; often foll by up or in) to enclose in or as if in a surrounding material
5.
(transitive) foll by in. to clasp (a person) in the arms
6.
(transitive) usually foll by round, about, etc. to wind (around); entwine
7.
(transitive) (poetic) to cover completely: night folded the earth
8.
(transitive) Also fold in. to mix (a whisked mixture) with other ingredients by gently turning one part over the other with a spoon
9.
to produce a bend (in stratified rock) or (of stratified rock) to display a bend
10.
(informal) (intransitive) often foll by up. to collapse; fail: the business folded
noun
11.
a piece or section that has been folded: a fold of cloth
12.
a mark, crease, or hollow made by folding
13.
a hollow in undulating terrain
14.
a bend in stratified rocks that results from movements within the earth's crust and produces such structures as anticlines and synclines
15.
(anatomy) another word for plica (sense 1)
16.
a coil, as in a rope, etc
17.
an act of folding
See also fold up
Derived Forms
foldable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English fealdan; related to Old Norse falda , Old High German faldan, Latin duplus double, Greek haploos simple

fold2

/fəʊld/
noun
1.
  1. a small enclosure or pen for sheep or other livestock, where they can be gathered
  2. the sheep or other livestock gathered in such an enclosure
  3. a flock of sheep
  4. a herd of Highland cattle
2.
a church or the members of it
3.
any group or community sharing a way of life or holding the same values
verb
4.
(transitive) to gather or confine (sheep or other livestock) in a fold
Word Origin
Old English falod; related to Old Saxon faled, Middle Dutch vaelt
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Word Origin and History for folds

fold

v.

Old English faldan (Mercian), fealdan (West Saxon), transitive, "to bend cloth back over itself," class VII strong verb (past tense feold, past participle fealden), from Proto-Germanic *falthan, *faldan (cf. Middle Dutch vouden, Dutch vouwen, Old Norse falda, Middle Low German volden, Old High German faldan, German falten, Gothic falþan).

The Germanic words are from PIE *pel-to- (cf. Sanskrit putah "fold, pocket," Albanian pale "fold," Middle Irish alt "a joint," Lithuanian pleta "I plait"), from root *pel- (3) "to fold" (cf. Greek ploos "fold," Latin -plus).

The weak form developed from 15c. In late Old English also of the arms. Intransitive sense, "become folded" is from c.1300 (of the body or limbs); earlier "give way, fail" (mid-13c.). Sense of "to yield to pressure" is from late 14c. Related: Folded; folding.

n.

"pen or enclosure for sheep or other domestic animals," Old English falæd, falud "stall, stable, cattle-pen," a general Germanic word (cf. East Frisian folt "enclosure, dunghill," Dutch vaalt "dunghill," Danish fold "pen for sheep"), of uncertain origin. Figurative use by mid-14c.

"a bend or ply in anything," mid-13c., from fold (v.).

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folds in Medicine

fold 1 (fōld)
n.

  1. A crease or ridge apparently formed by folding, as of a membrane; a plica.

  2. In the embryo, a transient elevation or reduplication of tissue in the form of a lamina.

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folds in Science
fold
  (fōld)   

A bend in a layer of rock or in another planar feature such as foliation or the cleavage of a mineral. Folds occur as the result of deformation, usually associated with plate-tectonic forces.
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Slang definitions & phrases for folds

fold

verb
  1. To fail or close, esp in business or show business •The usual term earlier was fold up: If the club folds (1930s+)
  2. To collapse; surrender; give way; cave: After the President jawboned him unmercifully, the Senator folded (1250+)
  3. To drop out of a poker game, indicated by putting all one's cards face down on the table (1940s+ Poker)

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folds in the Bible

an enclosure for flocks to rest together (Isa. 13:20). Sheep-folds are mentioned Num. 32:16, 24, 36; 2 Sam. 7:8; Zeph. 2:6; John 10:1, etc. It was prophesied of the cities of Ammon (Ezek. 25:5), Aroer (Isa. 17:2), and Judaea, that they would be folds or couching-places for flocks. "Among the pots," of the Authorized Version (Ps. 68:13), is rightly in the Revised Version, "among the sheepfolds."

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Idioms and Phrases with folds
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