v. t.
1) to bend (cloth, paper, etc.) over upon itself
2) to bring into a compact form by bending and laying parts together:
to fold up a map[/ex]
3) to bring together and intertwine or cross:
He folded his arms on his chest[/ex]
4) to bend or wind; entwine:
The child folded his arms around my neck[/ex]
5) zool. to bring (the wings) close to the body, as a bird on alighting
6) to enclose; wrap; envelop:
to fold something in paper[/ex]
7) to embrace or clasp; enfold:
to fold someone in one's arms[/ex]
8) gam to place (one's cards) facedown so as to withdraw from the play
9) cvb inf Informal. to bring to an end; close up:
to fold a business[/ex]
10) to be folded or be capable of folding
11) gam to place one's cards facedown so as to withdraw from the play
12) inf
a) to fail, esp. to go out of business:
The magazine folded after a few years[/ex]
b) to end a run; close:
The show will fold next week[/ex]
13) coo phv fold in, to blend (a cooking ingredient) into a mixture by gently turning one part over another: Fold in the egg whites
14) fold out or down, to spread or open up; unfold
15) a part that is folded; pleat; layer:
folds of cloth[/ex]
16) a line, crease, or hollow made by folding
17) a hollow place in undulating ground
18) gel a portion of rock strata that is folded or bent, as an anticline or syncline, or that connects horizontal strata, as a monocline
19) a coil of a serpent, string, etc
20) the act of folding or doubling over
21) anat. a margin or ridge formed by the folding of a membrane or other flat body part; plica
Etymology: bef. 900; ME folden, falden, OE fealdon fold′a•ble, adj. II
[[t]foʊld[/t]] n.
1) ahb. an enclosure for sheep
2) ahb. the sheep kept within it
3) ahb. a flock of sheep
4) rel a church or its members
5) a group sharing common beliefs, values, etc.:
to rejoin the fold[/ex]
6) to confine (sheep or other domestic animals) in a fold
Etymology: bef. 900; ME fold, fald, OE fald, falod

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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