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Definition of "foliation" [fo•li•a•tion]

  • The state of being in leaf. (noun)
  • Decoration with sculpted or painted foliage. (noun)
  • Architecture Decoration of an opening with cusps and foils, as in Gothic tracery. (noun)
  • The act, process, or product of forming metal into thin leaf or foil. (noun)
  • The act or process of coating glass with metal foil. (noun)

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.

Use "foliation" in a sentence
  • "Yet given that you have made a choice of foliation you then put a flag at a point."
  • "That picture of things only comes about if one looks at the spacetime as a foliation of spatial surfaces linked by lapse and shift functions."
  • "The spatial portion of the metric is well known and the solution involves spatial surfaces in a foliation where volumes contain there in are variable."