Main definitions of fold in English

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verb

[with object]
  • 1Bend (something flexible and relatively flat) over on itself so that one part of it covers another.

    ‘Sam folded up the map’
    • ‘A figure lay in the middle of rumpled covers, a pile of clothes carefully folded on a nearby chair.’
    • ‘The latter region has the potential to fold into a hairpin secondary structure.’
    • ‘He found a piece of paper folded in half on the top shelf in his locker.’
    • ‘His clothes were nicely folded on a chair in the corner of the room.’
    • ‘With the spatula, fold one side over the strip of cheese.’
    • ‘Place stuffing in the centre and then fold the sides together.’
    • ‘I searched the room for my cloths and found them washed and folded on a small table.’
    • ‘It was folded up inside an envelope that was about an inch long and an inch wide, which meant it was a business letter.’
    • ‘All of it could be folded into a compact shape and packed into a container.’
    • ‘It would be nice to fold each side over about an inch and sew it just so it doesn't fray and start to look like a rag.’
    • ‘Once the art gallery exhibition closes on June 6, the quilts will be folded up and put back in their storage boxes.’
    • ‘To prepare it, wash the leaves, then fold in half and cut out the tough center rib.’
    • ‘With the help of a wooden spoon/spatula, fold the omelette in half.’
    • ‘The noncoding regions always have a high potential for folding into hairpins and loops.’
    • ‘The hidden place, where expression becomes impression and the outside world folds inward, is still here.’
    • ‘There's a finite number of cubes, and they don't really do anything once they're folded up and inside the body.’
    • ‘She opened the door to see her PT gear freshly laundered and folded on top of her clean soft towel.’
    • ‘Did this mean it was folded up and taken away at the end of the day?’
    • ‘A thick, fraying comforter was folded up on one side of the futon.’
    • ‘Individually they weigh about as much as a teabag, and can be folded up to approximately the size of a cornflake.’
    double, double over, double up, crease, turn under, turn up, turn over, bend, overlap
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    1. 1.1fold something in/into Mix an ingredient gently with (another ingredient), especially by lifting a mixture with a spoon so as to enclose it without stirring or beating.
      ‘fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture’
      • ‘Using a large metal spoon, fold the egg white into the batter.’
      • ‘Add 1/2 cup of the heavy cream to the egg nog mixture, slowly folding it in.’
      • ‘Lightly whip the cream into soft peaks, then gently fold it in to achieve the required whipped consistency.’
      • ‘Remove bowl from the machine and gently fold in the sifted flour using a plastic spatula.’
      • ‘Fold in sifted flour alternatively with milk - mixture should resemble whipped cream.’
      • ‘In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the mixture.’
      • ‘Gently fold the meringue into the creme anglaise.’
      • ‘To finish the bisque, in a medium bowl, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the bisque until smooth.’
      • ‘Finally, very stiffly whisked egg whites are folded into the mixture.’
      mix, blend, stir gently
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    2. 1.2no object (of a piece of furniture or equipment) be able to be bent or rearranged into a flatter or more compact shape, typically in order to make it easier to store or carry.
      with complement ‘the deckchair folds flat’
      ‘a folding chair’
      • ‘The back of the passenger seat folds flat to provide a useful work surface.’
      • ‘The second row comes either with a bench or captain's chairs, while the third row folds flat into the floor.’
      • ‘Although the seats don't fold completely flat, space is still ample.’
      • ‘The way the back seats fold flat to create the boot and swivel round so you can watch an event or have a picnic would be a selling point.’
      • ‘The whole assortment is contained in a black cordura carrying case that folds into a surprisingly compact package.’
      • ‘The third row seat folds flat into the floor - either entirely, or as a 60/40 split.’
      • ‘The third row bench folds absolutely flat, but needs some muscle to raise and lower.’
      • ‘The equipment folds on to a lorry and the centrepiece is a half pipe that is hydraulically operated.’
      • ‘Even the front passenger seat folds flat for those really long loads while the dual-opening tailgate is a useful feature.’
      • ‘Weighing only 26 ounces, the chair folds into a small, compact package and can be assembled or disassembled in seconds.’
      • ‘The smaller third-row seat folds flat into the floor, with the cushion sliding forward into the foot-well, and the backrest following it down.’
      • ‘The front passenger seat can fold flat to act as a picnic table or worktop.’
      • ‘When not in use, the cage/crate folds flat for easy transport and storage.’
      • ‘As each stall folds flat, the entire barrier can be packed up and moved by truck or trailer.’
      • ‘The third seat folds flat, but unlike newer vehicles, doesn't disappear into the floor.’
      • ‘When the ladder is not in use, most designs have a feature that allows them to fold flat against the wall to free up additional floor space.’
      • ‘However, the rear seats do fold down flat, greatly increasing your luggage space.’
    3. 1.3 Bend or rearrange (a piece of furniture or equipment) into a flatter or more compact shape.
      ‘the small card table was folded up and put away’
      • ‘He nodded and reached back into the plane to fold his seat forward and grabbed their bags.’
      • ‘When all seats are folded, the vehicle provides more than 90 cubic feet of cargo space.’
      • ‘When you fold the seats, the Tourer is even more spacious than the Swedish pair.’
      • ‘A longer load can be accommodated by folding the passenger seat.’
      • ‘You can swiftly restore this area to its primitive state, of course, by folding the seats aside and reversing the rug.’
      • ‘He folds his chair and, chin high, marches across the street to a military tune that haunts his mind.’
      • ‘When not in use, the fishing apparatus is folded back along the second dorsal spine and tucked safely away.’
      • ‘If more space is required, the armrests can be folded up to get them out of the way.’
      • ‘The seats are folded down, and if I lie diagonally, I can almost stretch out fully.’
      • ‘Once he was standing, he folded the chair up, and leaned it against the wall between the bed and the desk.’
      • ‘The usual set-up of tables was gone, leaving the area blank; the tables were folded up and shoved to the various walls.’
      • ‘With all the back seats used, luggage room is still a class leading 430-litres, and fold the seats away and there is 1,300-litres.’
      • ‘Reese had folded the seats down and laid crisp clean blankets down on them and had propped pillows up so Genesis could rest.’
      • ‘While breakfast was arriving, the tents were carefully folded up and placed into their carrying bags.’
      • ‘The seats are set higher and the rear ones have a slide adjustment and can also be folded flat into the floor.’
      • ‘Both mirrors can also be folded flat when passing space is at a premium.’
      • ‘Three seats are folded back to facilitate a wheelchair.’
      • ‘Without showing any signs of difficulty, she folded the chair using only one hand, and walked off.’
      • ‘Soccer moms would love it; so would the kids, fold the huge rear seats down, and kids can almost play soccer inside the vehicle.’
      • ‘You, Tony, have got to be willing to sweep the floor and fold the chairs.’
    4. 1.4fold outno object Be able to be opened out; unfold.
      ‘the sofa folds out’
      • ‘The main door popped open and the stairs folded out.’
      • ‘The steel frame and the scrim it supports are folded out at the base and extended around the open edges of the piazza as a canopy.’
      • ‘The sofa folds out into a bed - which is fully made and fairly comfortable.’
      • ‘The plastic marvel even had a sort of visor that folded out to keep the drops off Marge's thick bifocals.’
      • ‘It is made in sections, with pre-formed grooves, and folds out to low coffee-table height - ideal for picnics.’
      • ‘The result of their work was a calendar, which will come in a CD box and can be folded out to sit on a desk, or table.’
      • ‘I'm excited too, because it means I get to buy lots of cool stuff that folds out.’
      • ‘On the courtyard side, full-height panels made of perforated aluminium fold out crisply like a concertina to open up the house.’
      • ‘I liked the nicely designed menu, which folds out into a triangular shape.’
      • ‘The Screen Machine folds out like a clever bit of metal origami.’
    5. 1.5Geology Cause (rock strata) to undergo bending or curvature.
      ‘a more active period of igneous activity caused intense folding’
      • ‘The Mesozoic layers, probably SW-tilted after the Mesozoic extension, were also folded.’
      • ‘Even the youngest Triassic rocks are strongly folded, in places by isoclinal, recumbent folds.’
      • ‘These units have been strongly folded and thrust during the Miocene.’
      • ‘In the outcrop, this is a low-dipping cleavage folded by open steep folds.’
      • ‘Cross-cutting dykes are folded, partly transposed or boudinaged in the gneissose foliation.’
    6. 1.6Biochemistry (of a polypeptide or polynucleotide chain) adopt a specific three-dimensional structure.
      • ‘Following cleavage of the 24 amino acid signal peptide the protein folds into proinsulin.’
      • ‘Membrane and water-soluble proteins commonly fold into bundles of alpha-helices.’
      • ‘The rate at which proteins fold decreases with increasing complexity of their folds, a ‘topological’ effect.’
      • ‘Most small proteins can spontaneously fold to form biologically functional structures.’
      • ‘There were also force curves consistent with an attachment of a globular structure folded by an entangled DNA molecule.’
  • 2with adverbial Cover or wrap something in (a soft or flexible material)

    ‘a bag was folded around the book’
    • ‘Season and fold the rice paper to enclose the cod, transfer to a parchment lined sheet pan and set aside.’
    • ‘The paper was successively folded over or covered so that each participant could not see what his or her predecessor had done.’
    • ‘These slipcovers often involve folding the slipcover material around the cushions and securing it with ties.’
    • ‘A flat strip of ‘soft’ iron is folded in half around a mandrel to create the socket.’
    • ‘Finish by folding the overhanging pasta on top and level terrine with an additional layer of pasta.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the full lengths were not cut down, but were shortened by folding the unwanted canvas over a shorter stretcher.’
    • ‘Ten slips of paper were folded into a plastic bag, and they drew lots.’
    • ‘A plastic sheet was folded on top, enclosing me in a warm, slightly scratchy cocoon.’
    1. 2.1 Hold or clasp (someone) in one's arms affectionately or passionately.
      ‘Bob folded her in his arms’
      • ‘Lyn folds Steph up in her bingo wings and says ‘Oh sweetheart, good heavens, what's happened?’’
      • ‘Jess walked over and let herself be folded into a comforting embrace, lifted up until she was seated securely on his lap.’
      • ‘Trent came up behind Ally and folded her into his arms.’
      • ‘Alexander folded her into his arms and gently stroked her sun golden hair.’
      • ‘He whispered when he reached her, folding her in his arms.’
      • ‘He folded her into his arms, forgetting that he knew her arms were a great treachery.’
      • ‘Irene finally found the concern that she was looking for when Griffin folded her into a hug.’
      • ‘She laughed and hugged him, folding him in her wings for a second.’
      • ‘As soon as we could free her wrists and ankles, she sat up and I folded her into the biggest hug I could muster.’
      • ‘It was Isobel, who rushed towards her and folded her into her arms.’
      • ‘He folded me in his arms and I stayed there with my arms closed.’
      • ‘Bending his head, he pressed his lips gently against her own, folding her in his embrace before she could shy away.’
      • ‘She was at least half a head taller than Rhyll, and folded him in a huge embrace, lifting him off the ground.’
      • ‘Mark folded me into his arms, but didn't say a word.’
      • ‘He says nothing, and I chuckle, folding him into my arms and pulling the covers up over both of us.’
      • ‘He went to his new bride and, kneeling on the floor next to her chair, folded her into his embrace.’
      • ‘Kyle folds her into his arms, and though she struggles to sit up, to raise her head, he holds her on her back like she's a newborn.’
      • ‘He walks over to you and folds you gently into his arms.’
      • ‘One wing tip caressed Yuki's hair, then folded her into a tight embrace.’
      • ‘He folded her in a painful embrace and held onto her as if he was hanging on for sweet life itself.’
      enfold, wrap, wrap up, envelop
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  • 3informal no object (of an enterprise or organization) cease trading or operating as a result of financial problems.

    ‘the club folded earlier this year’
    • ‘It looks set to outlast the previous such establishment which folded a couple of years ago, apparently due to lack of interest.’
    • ‘What might shareholders, bankers, and staff lose financially if the firm folded?’
    • ‘Among his methods was pointing to a map in which red dots represented clubs that had folded.’
    • ‘Club directors stunned fans last Tuesday by announcing that the club had folded, and that the company had ceased trading.’
    • ‘The company folded in 1892 and the ensuing financial collapse reverberated through the French Empire for more than a decade.’
    • ‘Major league baseball is ‘paying the owner of Montreal and the owner of Florida to fold their teams’.’
    • ‘Many ASPs have folded in the past 18 months, a trend that's sure to continue.’
    • ‘However, the project folded because the instrument was too expensive for commercialization.’
    • ‘But the club folded when the landlord of The Ship Inn retired and the pub subsequently closed.’
    • ‘By 1835 the regime had imposed stricter censorship than the Restoration and the republican clubs folded.’
    • ‘Remove that component and the whole enterprise could fold, denying a further service to the community.’
    • ‘The government would cut all the funding to NASA, and the organization would fold.’
    • ‘What good was a rewards program if it folded in a year?’
    • ‘Andrew, who has been a City season ticket holder for 13 years, said it would be catastrophic if the club folded.’
    • ‘It folded earlier this month, with the loss of 65 jobs.’
    • ‘This meeting was arranged following the sensational declaration by chairman John Stabler that the club had folded as of Tuesday night.’
    • ‘The price of shares will plunge to zero and, shorn of its source of capital, the enterprise is forced to fold.’
    • ‘If it was allowed to fold these women would lose a lifeline and this would put a greater burden on other statutory services.’
    • ‘His business folded in less than a year, as the Egyptians just didn't understand the concept.’
    • ‘These days, it seems as if most e-commerce news focuses on which sites are folding, who's being bought and which top executives are stepping down.’
    fail, collapse, crash, founder, be ruined, cave in
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    1. 3.1 (especially of a sports player or team) suddenly stop performing well or effectively.
      • ‘I was surprised by how quickly the Dublin team folded and threw in the towel once Dara Ó Cinnéide scored his goal.’
      • ‘Teams so often fold up facing a mountainous task like the one before Australia.’
      • ‘‘Those other teams would always fold one way or the other; you could count on it,’ says one SEC assistant coach.’
      • ‘Then, this summer, our adopted Italian team folded with debts in the region of £100 million and the entire squad was put up for sale.’
      • ‘On a day when the boo birds were out and the team could have folded, Brooks sparked an important victory.’
      • ‘They couldn't hold it, but a statement was made - Parcells' team wouldn't fold.’
      • ‘Fermanagh teams would fold when the finishing line was in sight, they wouldn't be able to cross it.’
      • ‘He's as calm under pressure as any other player on this roster and won't fold in the pressure-cooker of the World Cup.’
      • ‘They've been there, they've done it, they rarely fold under psychological pressure.’
      • ‘The team could easily have folded; they had an automatic crutch.’
      • ‘I remember the good ole days when Laura would totally fold under the pressure.’
      • ‘Experienced, disciplined teams can frustrate the Tigers, who can fold under pressure.’
      • ‘In the past, especially in big games, Stewart has folded when given the team's lead role.’
      • ‘The Oilers had some success with it, sure, but they always folded in the playoffs.’
      • ‘Their bargain-bin lineup has a Triple-A whiff to it, and they could easily fold in the second half, like they did last season.’
      • ‘The team is folding under pressure, and coach Pat Riley is getting angry.’
      • ‘Weaker teams would have folded after the trauma of their captain's banishment.’
      • ‘After the last player folded and the game broke up, whatever civility the two sides had mustered quickly evaporated.’
      • ‘But, I was surprised when the Lankan team folded up under two sessions in the second innings of this Test.’
      • ‘Not so long ago, a GB team would have folded when the Aussies hit back with a couple of tries but they showed immense character - it was great to see.’
    2. 3.2 (in poker and other card games) drop out of a hand.
      • ‘I bet, get raised, and we end up capping it with the other player folding.’
      • ‘Weak players fold to these bets much more than they should.’
      • ‘When folding you permanently drop out of the betting and sacrifice any money you have already put into the pot during that deal.’
      • ‘One player folds, and Ness is left to deal with the man who has the biggest stack at the table.’
      • ‘A player folds by discarding her hand immediately face down on the table.’

noun

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

    ‘the fabric fell in soft folds’
    • ‘This is a long outer garment with loose folds and a head covering.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lady's undergarment, a fine white chemise, is gathered in soft folds with a black bow.’
    • ‘You might even want to throw in some fancier accordion pleats or other folds to make your shapes come to life.’
    • ‘And over the magnificent, inspiring crowd there floated the green flag, waving its folds in the gentle breeze of the new-born day.’
    • ‘The rogue member of the Shadow Spirit clan chased after her, throwing a knife from one of the folds in his loose clothing.’
    • ‘Ignoring the blades that shot out from the loose folds of Mairgeth's shirt, he shifted his gaze back to Tye.’
    • ‘He skipped off the gunrest and looked gravely at his watcher, gathering about his legs the loose folds of his gown.’
    • ‘The sleeves were were very loose and had intricate folds in them, except where they tightened into a cuff at the wrist.’
    • ‘Nosha caught it and the folds of cloth fell open to show Nia whimpering.’
    • ‘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 figure standing at the edge of the camp started towards him, a mass of fluttering gray folds of cloth that matched the somber sky.’
    • ‘At the painting's optical center is a large, round table draped with folds of brilliant white cloth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dresses were strewn across the bed and draped carefully over the trunks, the soft folds inviting Gwin's caress.’
    • ‘Beneath the tough outer casing and linear silhouettes are a feast of soft frills and folds.’
    • ‘Generally they consist of very simple linear designs, characterized by Gothic loops and hooks in the folds of the garments.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 may be present at birth or caused by ingrown hairs in the folds of the skin.’
      • ‘Skin discoloration is common in areas of the body that are covered by folds of skin or tight clothing.’
      • ‘She ran up to Cathal and wrapped her arms around his neck, practically burying her head in the folds of skin on his neck.’
      • ‘However patches can occur on the face or other parts of the body, especially folds of the skin.’
      • ‘It was in form more like a wolf, with bloated, powerful muscles covered in brown folds of skin.’
      • ‘His face was so thick with sorrow it seemed to hang 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.’
      • ‘Males have bushy white tails and folds of brilliant blue skin on their faces.’
      • ‘Their beady yellow eyes were buried in folds of jaundiced skin that swam and bubbled from the heat.’
      • ‘This is characterised by areas of skin in folds or creases, becoming dry with large smooth red patches.’
      • ‘But scales are folds in skin; feathers are complex structures with a barb, barbules and hooks.’
      • ‘Nails grow out of deep folds in the skin of the fingers and toes.’
      • ‘They are attracted to areas where the skin is thinner: folds around the ankles, backs of knees, waist, and underarms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I pulled them out and the folds of skin fit back together almost seamlessly.’
      • ‘The other was comically fat, with folds of dead yellow skin hanging in a halo around his massive neck.’
      • ‘Others have the gaunt, skull-like features and folds of skin you will have seen from television pictures of previous famines.’
      • ‘Along her arms were folds of skin which were actually folded fins along with webbed hands.’
      • ‘He had a smile on his face that turned his eyes into tiny glimmers amid the folds of his skin.’
  • 2British A slight hill or hollow in the ground.

    ‘the house lay in a fold of the hills’
    • ‘The topography is majestically varied, spreading in hills and folds into infinity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He stared out at the darkened folds of the valley and the fading strip of radiance at the other end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Forget any thoughts of serene and distant romance within the gentle folds of slow lunar hills.’
    • ‘It features Roman roads, ancient burial grounds and 17th century folds.’
    • ‘Trudging up the glen, one comes gradually upon a little limewashed house clinging to a fold in the hills.’
    • ‘This is a film about rivers, mountains, and the folds in the land that can support following and hiding.’
    • ‘It has conveniently, or not depending on your perspective, concealed itself in the fold of one of the many valleys.’
    • ‘When I reached the last little fold of ground the nearest was still 200 yards away.’
    • ‘Climbing its slopes, with a twinge of excitement I spot an encampment of black tents set in the fold of a green glen.’
    • ‘The slanting rays of the sun accentuated the folds and valleys.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just a mile from the M62, the secluded Piethorne Valley is hidden from view in the lower folds of high Pennine moors.’
    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.’
      • ‘In the footwall of the antithetic fault, a drag fold creates an anticline which is best seen in quarry Q1.’
      • ‘Along the eastern margin of the nappe folds verge to the east and the cleavage fans until it dips westward.’
      • ‘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.

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

Phrases

  • above (or below) the fold

    • 1Printed in the top (or bottom) half of the front page of a broadsheet newspaper and so visible (or not visible) when the paper is folded.

      ‘they're holding four column inches above the fold’
      • ‘It's on the front page, but it's below the fold; the article is fairly short; the tone suggests this is all just another presidential photo op.’
      • ‘The Los Angeles Times ran the story on the 25th (front page below the fold) and used three microphotographs from the Science article.’
      • ‘We also know that newspaper stories that start above the fold are more important than stories that start below the fold.’
      • ‘That piece was neatly tucked away on page 2C, below the fold.’
      • ‘But, the former is above the fold on the front page of the NY Times.’
      • ‘But "The Washington Post" or "The New York Times" is not going to run a silly frivolous story above the fold.’
      • ‘Then fight to get your story on the front page, above the fold, with the big headline and a photo.’
      • ‘The normally reserved New York Times published a daily transcript of the trial and kept the story on page one, above the fold, for months on end.’
      • ‘What reporters really want is their byline on the front page above the fold.’
      • ‘It ran on Page One of the Star-Tribune, above the fold.’
    • 2Positioned in the upper (or lower) half of a web page and so visible (or not visible) without scrolling down the page.

      ‘click-through yield on ads below the fold is lower’
      • ‘The three-column format of the home page brings more of the content "above the fold" and provides areas for images, section navigation, and news and event information.’
      • ‘Placement of the subscription box should be preferably above the fold or in a pop-up.’
      • ‘Your product should be displayed above the fold of your web page.’
      • ‘Place conversion exits above the fold and at every scroll-and-a-half of screen space.’
      • ‘Place enough content above the fold to allow your visitor to make a decision about continuing on the site.’
      • ‘While arguments about getting more links, content, and important elements "above the fold" are common, more sites are taking advantage of the entire Web page, adding useful elements to the bottom of the page.’
      • ‘So what information you put above the fold is crucial.’
      • ‘The rest of this post is below the fold.’
      • ‘But there is a lot of detailed argument, which I will stick below the fold.’
      • ‘Because these were screen captures, only information "above the fold" (or scroll) was visible.’
  • fold one's arms

    • Bring one's arms together and cross them over one's chest.

      • ‘When in the presence of a vampire, fold your arms, cross your ankles or legs and place your folded arms across your solar plexus.’
      • ‘‘No it wasn't,’ the twins chimed in together, folding their arms simultaneously.’
      • ‘I folded my arms together in front of me and rested my head on them.’
      • ‘Leaning against the edge of the desk, Nick folds his arms across his thick chest.’
      • ‘He was leaning on his arms, which were folded on top of some strange soft thing.’
      • ‘Lying there, his face turned up and arms folded neatly in his lap, was in fact Yuuhi.’
      • ‘‘Apparently they're getting back together,’ I said sighing and folding my arms against my chest.’
      • ‘She crossed her legs and folded her arms across her chest.’
      • ‘Sulking a little, the boy folded his arms over his chest and sat with his legs crossed.’
      • ‘Chrissy got up and sat down on her bed with her arms neatly folded on her lap.’
  • fold one's hands

    • Bring or hold one's hands together.

      • ‘Her cheeks flushed bright red under her small, white cap as she nervously folded her hands- and unfolded them again.’
      • ‘Aaron sat staring at his hands, which were folded in front of him, for a long time.’
      • ‘He asked seriously, his hands coming up to fold together high up on his chest.’
      • ‘She listened intently as I told her my story, her hands folded gently in her lap.’
      • ‘She folds her hands together, and gives me a serious look.’
      • ‘His lip was trembling, his hands shaking even though they were folded in front of him.’
      • ‘His hands were folded across his chest and he was pacing behind the best.’
      • ‘‘Good, now that you are all here, I can give you the news,’ the doctor said, folding his hands together and closing his eyes.’
      • ‘Raising a silent finger to his lips, he slides into his chair and folds his hands together like nothing happened.’
      • ‘‘Twenty-million dollars worth,’ J.P. said, folding his hands together in satisfaction.’

Origin

Old English falden, fealden, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vouwen and German falten.

Pronunciation

fold

/fəʊld/

Main definitions of fold in English

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noun

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

    • ‘In contrast, they acted as if Ramsford were a lamb returning to the fold.’
    • ‘Gaining the ridge above town alongside folds of snorting sheep, I was grateful for the breeze of a cloudy morning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whaw comes from the Norse meaning ‘the enclosure near the fold where sheep are milked’.’
    • ‘He even found that his fold of 14 Highland cattle acted as a social ice-breaker when he moved into the community.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They would have secured them in folds, against the bitter cold of the Palestinian winter.’
    • ‘And, says the girl, there's a very small lamb in the fold.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I must admit, as a confirmed stamper, I've been a bit hesitant to accept scrapbookers into the fold.’
      • ‘Only after aging and settling down was Sultan accepted into the fold.’
      • ‘From Madagascar and Mexico, these vines have spread their flavour to the remotest corners of Kerala enticing farmers into its fold.’
      • ‘Stevens, an industry veteran, comes on board in time to work the company's recent McKesson Water and Naya acquisitions into the fold.’
      • ‘And a beautiful, filthy-rich Westmount student communist uses her charms to lure him into the fold.’
      • ‘Sinjun prayed fervently they'd accept her into the fold.’
      • ‘In establishing the Roadmap, NIH purposefully intended to usher new researchers and new fields into the fold.’
      • ‘The latest Golf is set by its designers to hold onto the faithful and garner a few more congregations to the fold.’
      • ‘But when we come down to driving the business and pushing performance, we bring everybody into the fold.’
      • ‘The community accepted me into the fold immediately - how could they not?’
      • ‘Its organizers are working hard to bring new readers to the fold.’
      • ‘Once in the fold of the culture of jazz, you would find your own rhythm and feel energised, right from the start.’
      • ‘Angel killed Jenny, but he has been accepted back into the fold.’
      • ‘He returned to the fold of Congress Party in 1996 and remained in it till he died.’
      • ‘But as 2004 brought back some musical exiles to the fold, so it saw its share of departures.’
      • ‘Only if the other lions accept him into their fold, would Simba be released into the lion enclosure.’
      • ‘Andy does his part to look the part by snuggling up to the newest member of his fold.’
      • ‘But if there were a single comic to turn the tide, and bring new readers into the fold, then Runaways would be it.’
      community, company, group, body, mass, throng, congregation, assembly
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verb

[with object]
  • Shut (livestock) in a fold.

Origin

Old English fald, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vaalt.

Pronunciation

fold

/fəʊld/