• 1A form or shape produced by the gentle draping of a loose, full garment or piece of cloth.

    ‘the fabric fell in soft folds’
    • ‘The folds of Mary's garments are beautifully painted, so is the poise of her head, and all the details of the picture except the figure of the child.’
    • ‘A pale hand extended from between the dark folds of his loose robe, and Cassari's fingers brushed against his as they politely shook hands.’
    • ‘Nodding, I stood, letting the robe fall in soft folds around my body.’
    • ‘His skin was jet black and gleamed like polished ebony, and he wore swathes of a fine dark grey cloth draped over his body in loose folds.’
    • ‘The underskirt should also fall in soft folds, but since only part of it is seen, you can use a sheet with a lower thread count.’
    • ‘Nosha caught it and the folds of cloth fell open to show Nia whimpering.’
    • ‘Beneath the tough outer casing and linear silhouettes are a feast of soft frills and folds.’
    • ‘This is a long outer garment with loose folds and a head covering.’
    • ‘The sleeves were were very loose and had intricate folds in them, except where they tightened into a cuff at the wrist.’
    • ‘He skipped off the gunrest and looked gravely at his watcher, gathering about his legs the loose folds of his gown.’
    • ‘The lady's undergarment, a fine white chemise, is gathered in soft folds with a black bow.’
    • ‘A figure standing at the edge of the camp started towards him, a mass of fluttering gray folds of cloth that matched the somber sky.’
    • ‘The rogue member of the Shadow Spirit clan chased after her, throwing a knife from one of the folds in his loose clothing.’
    • ‘Generally they consist of very simple linear designs, characterized by Gothic loops and hooks in the folds of the garments.’
    • ‘Ignoring the blades that shot out from the loose folds of Mairgeth's shirt, he shifted his gaze back to Tye.’
    • ‘Dresses were strewn across the bed and draped carefully over the trunks, the soft folds inviting Gwin's caress.’
    • ‘And over the magnificent, inspiring crowd there floated the green flag, waving its folds in the gentle breeze of the new-born day.’
    • ‘You might even want to throw in some fancier accordion pleats or other folds to make your shapes come to life.’
    • ‘He pulls back his bow to the limit, at the same time the prince takes a small box out of the folds of his garment.’
    • ‘At the painting's optical center is a large, round table draped with folds of brilliant white cloth.’
    pleat, gather, ruffle, bunch, turn, folded portion, double thickness, overlap, layer
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    1. 1.1 An area of skin that sags or hangs loosely.
      • ‘They are attracted to areas where the skin is thinner: folds around the ankles, backs of knees, waist, and underarms.’
      • ‘Skin discoloration is common in areas of the body that are covered by folds of skin or tight clothing.’
      • ‘Along her arms were folds of skin which were actually folded fins along with webbed hands.’
      • ‘Others have the gaunt, skull-like features and folds of skin you will have seen from television pictures of previous famines.’
      • ‘Nails grow out of deep folds in the skin of the fingers and toes.’
      • ‘He had a smile on his face that turned his eyes into tiny glimmers amid the folds of his skin.’
      • ‘The rough folds of skin at the corners of the familiar eyes became taut and she grimaced in pitiful disgust.’
      • ‘They have been completed to the finest detail - from the curving jaws to the tiniest folds of the skin or even the glint in the eyes.’
      • ‘His face was so thick with sorrow it seemed to hang in the folds of the skin.’
      • ‘However patches can occur on the face or other parts of the body, especially folds of the skin.’
      • ‘Their beady yellow eyes were buried in folds of jaundiced skin that swam and bubbled from the heat.’
      • ‘Males have bushy white tails and folds of brilliant blue skin on their faces.’
      • ‘They may be present at birth or caused by ingrown hairs in the folds of the skin.’
      • ‘It was eyeless and had no ears, the folds of its skin creating the effect that its hide would fall from its bones at a moment's notice.’
      • ‘It was in form more like a wolf, with bloated, powerful muscles covered in brown folds of skin.’
      • ‘I pulled them out and the folds of skin fit back together almost seamlessly.’
      • ‘She ran up to Cathal and wrapped her arms around his neck, practically burying her head in the folds of skin on his neck.’
      • ‘This is characterised by areas of skin in folds or creases, becoming dry with large smooth red patches.’
      • ‘The other was comically fat, with folds of dead yellow skin hanging in a halo around his massive neck.’
      • ‘But scales are folds in skin; feathers are complex structures with a barb, barbules and hooks.’
  • 2British A slight hill or hollow in the ground.

    ‘the house lay in a fold of the hills’
    • ‘There is a picture, in my mind, of an impossibly long, steep path up a bleak peak rising Golgotha-like above a fold of green hills.’
    • ‘It features Roman roads, ancient burial grounds and 17th century folds.’
    • ‘This is a film about rivers, mountains, and the folds in the land that can support following and hiding.’
    • ‘Just a mile from the M62, the secluded Piethorne Valley is hidden from view in the lower folds of high Pennine moors.’
    • ‘Perhaps it would be better instead to find a nice hidden fold in the hills on which to site a small, unobtrusive nuclear power station.’
    • ‘It lies in a fold in the hill east of St Helena and had been developed as a vineyard and winery in the 1880s by the Swiss-Italian family of Anton Rosi.’
    • ‘It has conveniently, or not depending on your perspective, concealed itself in the fold of one of the many valleys.’
    • ‘The slanting rays of the sun accentuated the folds and valleys.’
    • ‘Forget any thoughts of serene and distant romance within the gentle folds of slow lunar hills.’
    • ‘He stared out at the darkened folds of the valley and the fading strip of radiance at the other end.’
    • ‘He stood still, looking out across the moonlight, his head a little raised, and his ears spread like fans, up to the great folds of the Garo hills.’
    • ‘When I reached the last little fold of ground the nearest was still 200 yards away.’
    • ‘Trudging up the glen, one comes gradually upon a little limewashed house clinging to a fold in the hills.’
    • ‘Climbing its slopes, with a twinge of excitement I spot an encampment of black tents set in the fold of a green glen.’
    • ‘The topography is majestically varied, spreading in hills and folds into infinity.’
    1. 2.1Geology A bend or curvature of strata.
      • ‘In the study area, the surface geology of the foreland fold and thrust belt is dominated by the south Urals accretionary complex.’
      • ‘Asymmetrical folds and axial planar quartz veins, isoclinal and rootless folds and boudinage of chert layers are common.’
      • ‘Along the eastern margin of the nappe folds verge to the east and the cleavage fans until it dips westward.’
      • ‘In the footwall of the antithetic fault, a drag fold creates an anticline which is best seen in quarry Q1.’
      • ‘The Delamerian Orogen is a compressional orogen developed by westward vergent folds and thrust faults.’
  • 3A line or crease produced in paper or cloth as the result of folding it.

    • ‘In one case, printed on 21 sheets of paper, just below the horizontal fold, over to the right and at about 45 degrees are the words ‘Life Bonds’.’
    • ‘There's an update to this piece below the fold which could make this reference even-more apt.’
    • ‘Gently pull the paper so that it tightens and you can crease the folds as shown to make it lie perfectly flat.’
    • ‘Open the paper and crease the folds back and forth to make the pages easier to form.’
    • ‘The thin paper was lifted as he slid his thumb under the fold.’
    • ‘Small folds can be removed by slightly wetting the paper and then pressing it - with a heavy pile of books for instance.’
    • ‘Kirby unfolded the paper to find a dried pink rose pressed within the fold.’
    • ‘Be sure to fold the paper loosely and not crease it at the folds.’
    • ‘Tony fingered the script nervously, aware of every bend and fold in the paper.’
    • ‘This deserves to be on the front page - above the fold - of every newspaper in America.’
    • ‘The waxed side of the paper made it hard to keep the folds, but we got a lot of enjoyment out of trying to make the things fly.’
    • ‘Folding clothes gives a sharp crease along the fold line.’
    • ‘It turns out the Trib and the Globe both ran the story on page 1 below the fold.’
    • ‘Running above the fold on the front page of business, it read as follows.’
    • ‘Fold the sleeves in half lengthwise to find the center and mark a line along the fold.’
    • ‘The folds have worn translucent lines into the rough drawing paper.’
    • ‘The slide was then pressed gently between the folds of a paper towel, and the edges of the coverslip were sealed with nail varnish.’
    • ‘But there is a fragment - four pages - below the fold.’
    • ‘After each camper shares, each undoes a fold in the paper.’
    • ‘She prefers bolder colors anyway, and it looks way too hard to make all those folds in the paper.’
    1. 3.1 A piece of paper or cloth that has been folded.
      ‘a fold of paper slipped out of the diary’
      • ‘Instead Sunil clenches his paper into folds, picks up his case, and gets off at Waterloo.’
      • ‘The man went back inside and a few minutes later returned with a fold of paper.’
      • ‘Laser-printed folds of computer paper began to spill from a slot in the far wall and form a stack on the floor.’
      • ‘Carefully, she opened the letter and slid the paper out of its fold.’
      • ‘So I put a fold of toilet paper over the stains and soaked the paper in sodium hypochlorite.’
      • ‘Then I began to open the slippery paper out of its folds.’
      • ‘The computer paper continued to pile up in lengthy white folds.’
      • ‘The kind man untied her bonds and handed her a mass of folds of blue cloth.’

Definition of fold in English:



  • 1A pen or enclosure in a field where livestock, especially sheep, can be kept.

    • ‘Whaw comes from the Norse meaning ‘the enclosure near the fold where sheep are milked’.’
    • ‘And, says the girl, there's a very small lamb in the fold.’
    • ‘Gaining the ridge above town alongside folds of snorting sheep, I was grateful for the breeze of a cloudy morning.’
    • ‘They would have secured them in folds, against the bitter cold of the Palestinian winter.’
    • ‘A very wise man says it is better to go after one stray sheep than stay with 99 sheep who are safe in the fold.’
    • ‘He even found that his fold of 14 Highland cattle acted as a social ice-breaker when he moved into the community.’
    • ‘In contrast, they acted as if Ramsford were a lamb returning to the fold.’
    • ‘Small puffs of cloud lay low in the east, like a flock of sheep at daybreak, waiting for the gate of the fold to open.’
    enclosure, pen, paddock, pound, compound, ring, stall
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    1. 1.1the fold A group or community, especially when perceived as having shared aims and values.
      ‘government whips tried to persuade the waverers back into the fold’
      • ‘And a beautiful, filthy-rich Westmount student communist uses her charms to lure him into the fold.’
      • ‘But if there were a single comic to turn the tide, and bring new readers into the fold, then Runaways would be it.’
      • ‘Its organizers are working hard to bring new readers to the fold.’
      • ‘From Madagascar and Mexico, these vines have spread their flavour to the remotest corners of Kerala enticing farmers into its fold.’
      • ‘Andy does his part to look the part by snuggling up to the newest member of his fold.’
      • ‘Once in the fold of the culture of jazz, you would find your own rhythm and feel energised, right from the start.’
      • ‘In establishing the Roadmap, NIH purposefully intended to usher new researchers and new fields into the fold.’
      • ‘Angel killed Jenny, but he has been accepted back into the fold.’
      • ‘Stevens, an industry veteran, comes on board in time to work the company's recent McKesson Water and Naya acquisitions into the fold.’
      • ‘The community accepted me into the fold immediately - how could they not?’
      • ‘Only if the other lions accept him into their fold, would Simba be released into the lion enclosure.’
      • ‘The latest Golf is set by its designers to hold onto the faithful and garner a few more congregations to the fold.’
      • ‘I must admit, as a confirmed stamper, I've been a bit hesitant to accept scrapbookers into the fold.’
      • ‘But when we come down to driving the business and pushing performance, we bring everybody into the fold.’
      • ‘But as 2004 brought back some musical exiles to the fold, so it saw its share of departures.’
      • ‘South Africa's readmission into the African fold has given Chicco fresh sources of inspiration.’
      • ‘This time we felt less like lone sheep in the pasture and more welcomed to the fold.’
      • ‘Sinjun prayed fervently they'd accept her into the fold.’
      • ‘He returned to the fold of Congress Party in 1996 and remained in it till he died.’
      • ‘Only after aging and settling down was Sultan accepted into the fold.’
      community, company, group, body, mass, throng, congregation, assembly
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Old English fald, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vaalt.