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Definition of "fold" []

  • To bend over or double up so that one part lies on another part: fold a sheet of paper. (verb-transitive)
  • To make compact by doubling or bending over parts: folded the laundry; folded the chairs for stacking. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring from an extended to a closed position: The hawk folded its wings. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring from a compact to an extended position; unfold: folded the ironing board down from the wall; folded out the map to see where we were. (verb-transitive)
  • To place together and intertwine: fold one's arms. (verb-transitive)
  • To bend or be bent double so that one part covers another (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To bring together and intertwine (the arms, legs, etc) (verb)
  • (of birds, insects, etc) to close (the wings) together from an extended position (verb)
  • To enclose in or as if in a surrounding material (verb)
  • To clasp (a person) in the arms (verb)
  • To wind (around); entwine (verb)
  • To cover completely (verb)
  • To mix (a whisked mixture) with other ingredients by gently turning one part over the other with a spoon (verb)
  • To produce a bend (in stratified rock) or (of stratified rock) to display a bend (verb)
  • To collapse; fail (verb)
  • A piece or section that has been folded (noun)
  • A mark, crease, or hollow made by folding (noun)
  • A hollow in undulating terrain (noun)
  • A bend in stratified rocks that results from movements within the earth's crust and produces such structures as anticlines and synclines (noun)
  • A coil, as in a rope, etc (noun)
  • An act of folding (noun)

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Use "fold" in a sentence
  • "You cannot see the softest and youngest row, or layer, of the nail cells at the base, because a fold of skin, the _nail fold_, has been doubled, or folded, over them to protect them while they are young and soft."
  • "(Below the fold is the SSRN abstract for my testimony.)"
  • "Lay out a heavy paper grocery sack and cut across just where the fold is at the bottom, like this."