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foil

noun (n)

  • a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    The photographic film was wrapped in foil.
    source: wordnet30
  • anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: enhancer
    Example:
    Pretty girls like plain friends as foils.
    source: wordnet30
  • a device consisting of a flat or curved piece (as a metal plate) so that its surface reacts to the water it is passing through (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: hydrofoil
    Example:
    The fins of a fish act as hydrofoils.
    source: wordnet30
  • picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: transparency
    source: wordnet30
  • a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • Failure of success when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A leaf or very thin sheet of metal; as, brass foil; tin foil; gold foil. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • enhance by contrast (verb.stative)
    Example:
    In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background.
    source: wordnet30
  • hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of (verb.social)
    Example:
    Foil your opponent.
    source: wordnet30
  • cover or back with foil (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Foil mirrors.
    source: wordnet30
  • To tread under foot; to trample. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To defile; to soil. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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