Meaning of FOLD in English



Function: verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fealdan; akin to Old High German faldan to fold, Greek di plasios twofold

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1 : to lay one part over another part of < fold a letter>

2 : to reduce the length or bulk of by doubling over < fold a tent>

3 : to clasp together : ENTWINE < fold the hands>

4 : to clasp or enwrap closely : EMBRACE

5 : to bend (as a layer of rock) into folds

6 a : to incorporate (a food ingredient) into a mixture by repeated gentle overturnings without stirring or beating b : to incorporate closely

7 a : to concede defeat by withdrawing (one's cards) from play (as in poker) b : to bring to an end

intransitive verb

1 : to become doubled or pleated

2 : to fail completely : COLLAPSE especially : to go out of business

3 : to fold one's cards (as in poker)

– fold · able \ ' f ō l-d ə -b ə l \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.