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See also: FOIL
- 1 English
- 1.1 Pronunciation
- 1.2 Etymology 1
- 1.3 Etymology 2
- 1.4 Etymology 3
- 1.5 Etymology 4
- 1.6 Etymology 5
- 1.7 Anagrams
- A very thin sheet of metal.
- (uncountable) Thin aluminium/aluminum (or, formerly, tin) used for wrapping food.
- A thin layer of metal put between a jewel and its setting to make it seem more brilliant.
- (figuratively) In literature, theatre/theater, etc, a character who helps emphasize the traits of the main character.
- (figuratively) Anything that acts to emphasise the characteristics of something.
- (fencing) A very thin sword with a blunted (or foiled) tip
- Blunt as the fencer's foils, which hit, but hurt not.
- Socrates contended with a foil against Demosthenes with a sword.
- A thin, transparent plastic material on which marks are made and projected for the purposes of presentation. See transparency.
- (heraldry) A stylized flower or leaf.
- Shortened form of hydrofoil.
- Shortened form of aerofoil/airfoil.
thin sheet of metal
thin aluminium/aluminum or tin used for wrapping food
type of sword used in fencing
thin layer of metal put between a jewel and its setting to make it seem more brilliant
character who helps emphasise the traits of the main character
anything that acts to emphasise the characteristics of something
shortened form of hydrofoil — see hydrofoil
shortened form of aerofoil/airfoil — see aerofoil
- To prevent (something) from being accomplished.
- To prevent (someone) from accomplishing something.
- And by mortal man at length am foiled.
- her long locks that foil the painter's power
- 2011 December 10, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 1 - 0 Everton”, BBC Sport:
- First, former Toffee Mikel Arteta sent Walcott racing clear but instead of shooting he squared towards Ramsey, who was foiled by Tony Hibbert.
- To blunt; to dull; to spoil.
- to foil the scent in hunting
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
- (obsolete) To tread underfoot; to trample.
- King Richard […] caused the ensigns of Leopold to be pulled down and foiled under foot.
- Whom he did all to pieces breake and foyle, / In filthy durt, and left so in the loathely soyle.
prevent from being accomplished
foil (plural foils)
- Failure when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
- Nor e'er was fate so near a foil.
foil (plural foils)
- (hunting) The track of an animal.
- (track of an animal): spoor
From mnemonic acronym FOIL (“First Outside Inside Last”).