Fold

Definition of Fold

Pronunciation: fōld
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Folded; p. pr. & vb. n. Folding.]
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.
v. i.1.To become folded, plaited, or doubled; to close over another of the same kind; to double together; as, the leaves of the door fold.
n.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.
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.
Fold yard
an inclosure for sheep or cattle.
v. t.1.To confine in a fold, as sheep.
v. i.1.To confine sheep in a fold.
The star that bids the shepherd fold.
- Milton.

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