Meaning of FOLD in English


~ 1

■ verb

1》 bend (something) over on itself so that one part of it covers another.

↘[often as adjective ~ing ] be able to be ~ed into a flatter shape.

↘ Geology cause (rock strata) to undergo bending or curvature.

↘ Biochemistry (of a polypeptide or polynucleotide chain) adopt a specific three-dimensional structure.

2》 cover or wrap something in (a soft or flexible material).

↘affectionately clasp in one's arms.

3》 ( ~ something in/into ) mix an ingredient gently with (another ingredient).

4》 informal (of a company) cease trading as a result of financial problems.

↘(of a sports player or team) suddenly stop performing well.

5》 (in poker and other card games) drop out of a hand.

■ noun

1》 a form produced by the gentle draping of a garment or piece of cloth.

↘an area of skin that sags or hangs loosely.

2》 a line or crease produced by ~ing.

3》 chiefly Brit. a slight hill or hollow.

4》 Geology a bend or curvature of strata.


~ one's arms bring one's arms together and cross them over one's chest.


~able adjective


OE falden , fealden , of Gmc origin.


~ 2

■ noun

1》 a pen or enclosure for livestock, especially sheep.

2》 ( the ~ ) a group or community with shared aims and values.

■ verb shut (livestock) in a ~.


OE fald , of Gmc origin.

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