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.

    ‘she folded all her clothes and packed all her bags’
    • ‘With the spatula, fold one side over the strip of cheese.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His clothes were nicely folded on a chair in the corner of the room.’
    • ‘The noncoding regions always have a high potential for folding into hairpins and loops.’
    • ‘She opened the door to see her PT gear freshly laundered and folded on top of her clean soft towel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's a finite number of cubes, and they don't really do anything once they're folded up and inside the body.’
    • ‘With the help of a wooden spoon/spatula, fold the omelette in half.’
    • ‘He found a piece of paper folded in half on the top shelf in his locker.’
    • ‘I searched the room for my cloths and found them washed and folded on a small table.’
    • ‘All of it could be folded into a compact shape and packed into a container.’
    • ‘Once the art gallery exhibition closes on June 6, the quilts will be folded up and put back in their storage boxes.’
    • ‘A figure lay in the middle of rumpled covers, a pile of clothes carefully folded on a nearby chair.’
    • ‘To prepare it, wash the leaves, then fold in half and cut out the tough center rib.’
    • ‘Did this mean it was folded up and taken away at the end of the day?’
    • ‘The latter region has the potential to fold into a hairpin secondary structure.’
    • ‘It was folded up inside an envelope that was about an inch long and an inch wide, which meant it was a business letter.’
    • ‘Place stuffing in the centre and then fold the sides together.’
    • ‘The hidden place, where expression becomes impression and the outside world folds inward, is still here.’
    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’
      • ‘Add 1/2 cup of the heavy cream to the egg nog mixture, slowly folding it in.’
      • ‘Using a large metal spoon, fold the egg white into the batter.’
      • ‘Finally, very stiffly whisked egg whites are folded into the mixture.’
      • ‘Gently fold the meringue into the creme anglaise.’
      • ‘Remove bowl from the machine and gently fold in the sifted flour using a plastic spatula.’
      • ‘Lightly whip the cream into soft peaks, then gently fold it in to achieve the required whipped consistency.’
      • ‘Fold in sifted flour alternatively with milk - mixture should resemble whipped cream.’
      • ‘To finish the bisque, in a medium bowl, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the bisque until smooth.’
      • ‘In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the mixture.’
      mix, blend, stir gently
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    2. 1.2[no 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 deck chair folds flat’
      ‘a folding chair’
      • ‘The third row bench folds absolutely flat, but needs some muscle to raise and lower.’
      • ‘The third seat folds flat, but unlike newer vehicles, doesn't disappear into the floor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Weighing only 26 ounces, the chair folds into a small, compact package and can be assembled or disassembled in seconds.’
      • ‘Although the seats don't fold completely flat, space is still ample.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The whole assortment is contained in a black cordura carrying case that folds into a surprisingly compact package.’
      • ‘As each stall folds flat, the entire barrier can be packed up and moved by truck or trailer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even the front passenger seat folds flat for those really long loads while the dual-opening tailgate is a useful feature.’
      • ‘The second row comes either with a bench or captain's chairs, while the third row folds flat into the floor.’
      • ‘The third row seat folds flat into the floor - either entirely, or as a 60/40 split.’
      • ‘The back of the passenger seat folds flat to provide a useful work surface.’
      • ‘However, the rear seats do fold down flat, greatly increasing your luggage space.’
      • ‘The front passenger seat can fold flat to act as a picnic table or worktop.’
      • ‘The equipment folds on to a lorry and the centrepiece is a half pipe that is hydraulically operated.’
      • ‘When not in use, the cage/crate folds flat for easy transport and storage.’
    3. 1.3 Bend or rearrange (a piece of folding furniture or equipment)
      ‘he folded up his tripod’
      • ‘Three seats are folded back to facilitate a wheelchair.’
      • ‘When you fold the seats, the Tourer is even more spacious than the Swedish pair.’
      • ‘You can swiftly restore this area to its primitive state, of course, by folding the seats aside and reversing the rug.’
      • ‘The seats are folded down, and if I lie diagonally, I can almost stretch out fully.’
      • ‘You, Tony, have got to be willing to sweep the floor and fold the chairs.’
      • ‘Reese had folded the seats down and laid crisp clean blankets down on them and had propped pillows up so Genesis could rest.’
      • ‘When not in use, the fishing apparatus is folded back along the second dorsal spine and tucked safely away.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once he was standing, he folded the chair up, and leaned it against the wall between the bed and the desk.’
      • ‘While breakfast was arriving, the tents were carefully folded up and placed into their carrying bags.’
      • ‘Soccer moms would love it; so would the kids, fold the huge rear seats down, and kids can almost play soccer inside the vehicle.’
      • ‘He nodded and reached back into the plane to fold his seat forward and grabbed their 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.’
      • ‘The usual set-up of tables was gone, leaving the area blank; the tables were folded up and shoved to the various walls.’
      • ‘When all seats are folded, the vehicle provides more than 90 cubic feet of cargo space.’
      • ‘Without showing any signs of difficulty, she folded the chair using only one hand, and walked off.’
      • ‘A longer load can be accommodated by folding the passenger seat.’
      • ‘He folds his chair and, chin high, marches across the street to a military tune that haunts his mind.’
      • ‘If more space is required, the armrests can be folded up to get them out of the way.’
    4. 1.4fold out[no object] Be able to be opened out; unfold.
      ‘the sofa folds out’
      • ‘It is made in sections, with pre-formed grooves, and folds out to low coffee-table height - ideal for picnics.’
      • ‘On the courtyard side, full-height panels made of perforated aluminium fold out crisply like a concertina to open up the house.’
      • ‘The sofa folds out into a bed - which is fully made and fairly comfortable.’
      • ‘I'm excited too, because it means I get to buy lots of cool stuff that folds out.’
      • ‘The main door popped open and the stairs folded out.’
      • ‘I liked the nicely designed menu, which folds out into a triangular shape.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Screen Machine folds out like a clever bit of metal origami.’
      • ‘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 plastic marvel even had a sort of visor that folded out to keep the drops off Marge's thick bifocals.’
    5. 1.5Geology Cause (rock strata) to undergo bending or curvature.
      ‘a more active period of igneous activity caused intense folding’
      • ‘Even the youngest Triassic rocks are strongly folded, in places by isoclinal, recumbent folds.’
      • ‘The Mesozoic layers, probably SW-tilted after the Mesozoic extension, were also folded.’
      • ‘These units have been strongly folded and thrust during the Miocene.’
      • ‘Cross-cutting dykes are folded, partly transposed or boudinaged in the gneissose foliation.’
      • ‘In the outcrop, this is a low-dipping cleavage folded by open steep folds.’
  • 2[with adverbial] Cover or wrap something in (a soft or flexible material)

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

    ‘the club folded earlier this year’
    • ‘His business folded in less than a year, as the Egyptians just didn't understand the concept.’
    • ‘The company folded in 1892 and the ensuing financial collapse reverberated through the French Empire for more than a decade.’
    • ‘Andrew, who has been a City season ticket holder for 13 years, said it would be catastrophic if the club folded.’
    • ‘Club directors stunned fans last Tuesday by announcing that the club had folded, and that the company had ceased trading.’
    • ‘Among his methods was pointing to a map in which red dots represented clubs that had folded.’
    • ‘The government would cut all the funding to NASA, and the organization would fold.’
    • ‘The price of shares will plunge to zero and, shorn of its source of capital, the enterprise is forced to fold.’
    • ‘It looks set to outlast the previous such establishment which folded a couple of years ago, apparently due to lack of interest.’
    • ‘But the club folded when the landlord of The Ship Inn retired and the pub subsequently closed.’
    • ‘It folded earlier this month, with the loss of 65 jobs.’
    • ‘What might shareholders, bankers, and staff lose financially if the firm folded?’
    • ‘Many ASPs have folded in the past 18 months, a trend that's sure to continue.’
    • ‘Major league baseball is ‘paying the owner of Montreal and the owner of Florida to fold their teams’.’
    • ‘However, the project folded because the instrument was too expensive for commercialization.’
    • ‘If it was allowed to fold these women would lose a lifeline and this would put a greater burden on other statutory services.’
    • ‘What good was a rewards program if it folded in a year?’
    • ‘By 1835 the regime had imposed stricter censorship than the Restoration and the republican clubs folded.’
    • ‘This meeting was arranged following the sensational declaration by chairman John Stabler that the club had folded as of Tuesday night.’
    • ‘Remove that component and the whole enterprise could fold, denying a further service to the community.’
    • ‘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.
      ‘he folded in the second round’
      • ‘Fermanagh teams would fold when the finishing line was in sight, they wouldn't be able to cross it.’
      • ‘After the last player folded and the game broke up, whatever civility the two sides had mustered quickly evaporated.’
      • ‘The team is folding under pressure, and coach Pat Riley is getting angry.’
      • ‘They've been there, they've done it, they rarely fold under psychological pressure.’
      • ‘But, I was surprised when the Lankan team folded up under two sessions in the second innings of this Test.’
      • ‘Weaker teams would have folded after the trauma of their captain's banishment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was surprised by how quickly the Dublin team folded and threw in the towel once Dara Ó Cinnéide scored his goal.’
      • ‘The team could easily have folded; they had an automatic crutch.’
      • ‘They couldn't hold it, but a statement was made - Parcells' team wouldn't fold.’
      • ‘On a day when the boo birds were out and the team could have folded, Brooks sparked an important victory.’
      • ‘The Oilers had some success with it, sure, but they always folded in the playoffs.’
      • ‘‘Those other teams would always fold one way or the other; you could count on it,’ says one SEC assistant coach.’
      • ‘Teams so often fold up facing a mountainous task like the one before Australia.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I remember the good ole days when Laura would totally fold under the pressure.’
      • ‘In the past, especially in big games, Stewart has folded when given the team's lead role.’
      • ‘Experienced, disciplined teams can frustrate the Tigers, who can fold under pressure.’
    2. 3.2 (of a poker player) drop out of a hand.
      ‘an unerring knack for knowing when to fold and when to stay in’
      • ‘I bet, get raised, and we end up capping it with the other player folding.’
      • ‘When folding you permanently drop out of the betting and sacrifice any money you have already put into the pot during that deal.’
      • ‘Weak players fold to these bets much more than they should.’
      • ‘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

  • 1usually foldsA 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.’
    • ‘The sleeves were were very loose and had intricate folds in them, except where they tightened into a cuff at the wrist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beneath the tough outer casing and linear silhouettes are a feast of soft frills and folds.’
    • ‘Nosha caught it and the folds of cloth fell open to show Nia whimpering.’
    • ‘At the painting's optical center is a large, round table draped with folds of brilliant white cloth.’
    • ‘You might even want to throw in some fancier accordion pleats or other folds to make your shapes come to life.’
    • ‘Generally they consist of very simple linear designs, characterized by Gothic loops and hooks in the folds of the garments.’
    • ‘The rogue member of the Shadow Spirit clan chased after her, throwing a knife from one of the folds in his loose clothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nodding, I stood, letting the robe fall in soft folds around my body.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He skipped off the gunrest and looked gravely at his watcher, gathering about his legs the loose folds of his gown.’
    • ‘Dresses were strewn across the bed and draped carefully over the trunks, the soft folds inviting Gwin's caress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ignoring the blades that shot out from the loose folds of Mairgeth's shirt, he shifted his gaze back to Tye.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And over the magnificent, inspiring crowd there floated the green flag, waving its folds in the gentle breeze of the new-born day.’
    • ‘The lady's undergarment, a fine white chemise, is gathered in soft folds with a black bow.’
    pleat, gather, ruffle, bunch, turn, folded portion, double thickness, overlap, layer
    crease, knife-edge
    wrinkle, crinkle, pucker, furrow
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    1. 1.1 An area of skin that sags or hangs loosely.
      • ‘The rough folds of skin at the corners of the familiar eyes became taut and she grimaced in pitiful disgust.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their beady yellow eyes were buried in folds of jaundiced skin that swam and bubbled from the heat.’
      • ‘It was in form more like a wolf, with bloated, powerful muscles covered in brown folds of skin.’
      • ‘They are attracted to areas where the skin is thinner: folds around the ankles, backs of knees, waist, and underarms.’
      • ‘This is characterised by areas of skin in folds or creases, becoming dry with large smooth red patches.’
      • ‘However patches can occur on the face or other parts of the body, especially folds of the skin.’
      • ‘They may be present at birth or caused by ingrown hairs in the folds of the skin.’
      • ‘The other was comically fat, with folds of dead yellow skin hanging in a halo around his massive neck.’
      • ‘Skin discoloration is common in areas of the body that are covered by folds of skin or tight clothing.’
      • ‘But scales are folds in skin; feathers are complex structures with a barb, barbules and hooks.’
      • ‘Others have the gaunt, skull-like features and folds of skin you will have seen from television pictures of previous famines.’
      • ‘He had a smile on his face that turned his eyes into tiny glimmers amid the folds of his skin.’
      • ‘His face was so thick with sorrow it seemed to hang in the folds of the skin.’
      • ‘I pulled them out and the folds of skin fit back together almost seamlessly.’
      • ‘Nails grow out of deep folds in the skin of the fingers and toes.’
      • ‘Along her arms were folds of skin which were actually folded fins along with webbed hands.’
      • ‘Males have bushy white tails and folds of brilliant blue skin on their faces.’
      • ‘She ran up to Cathal and wrapped her arms around his neck, practically burying her head in the folds of skin on his neck.’
    2. 1.2British An undulation or gentle curve of the ground; a slight hill or hollow.
      ‘the house lay in a fold of the hills’
      • ‘The slanting rays of the sun accentuated the folds and valleys.’
      • ‘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 has conveniently, or not depending on your perspective, concealed itself in the fold of one of the many valleys.’
      • ‘Just a mile from the M62, the secluded Piethorne Valley is hidden from view in the lower folds of high Pennine moors.’
      • ‘He stared out at the darkened folds of the valley and the fading strip of radiance at the other end.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Climbing its slopes, with a twinge of excitement I spot an encampment of black tents set in the fold of a green glen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a film about rivers, mountains, and the folds in the land that can support following and hiding.’
      • ‘The topography is majestically varied, spreading in hills and folds into infinity.’
      • ‘When I reached the last little fold of ground the nearest was still 200 yards away.’
    3. 1.3Geology A bend or curvature of strata.
      • ‘The Delamerian Orogen is a compressional orogen developed by westward vergent folds and thrust faults.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A line or crease produced in paper or cloth as the result of folding it.

    • ‘The folds have worn translucent lines into the rough drawing paper.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘This deserves to be on the front page - above the fold - of every newspaper in America.’
    • ‘The slide was then pressed gently between the folds of a paper towel, and the edges of the coverslip were sealed with nail varnish.’
    • ‘It turns out the Trib and the Globe both ran the story on page 1 below the fold.’
    • ‘The thin paper was lifted as he slid his thumb under the fold.’
    • ‘After each camper shares, each undoes a fold in the paper.’
    • ‘Kirby unfolded the paper to find a dried pink rose pressed within the fold.’
    • ‘But there is a fragment - four pages - below the fold.’
    • ‘Open the paper and crease the folds back and forth to make the pages easier to form.’
    • ‘Small folds can be removed by slightly wetting the paper and then pressing it - with a heavy pile of books for instance.’
    • ‘Folding clothes gives a sharp crease along the fold line.’
    • ‘Gently pull the paper so that it tightens and you can crease the folds as shown to make it lie perfectly flat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Be sure to fold the paper loosely and not crease it at the folds.’
    • ‘There's an update to this piece below the fold which could make this reference even-more apt.’
    • ‘Tony fingered the script nervously, aware of every bend and fold in the paper.’
    • ‘Fold the sleeves in half lengthwise to find the center and mark a line along the fold.’
    • ‘She prefers bolder colors anyway, and it looks way too hard to make all those folds in the paper.’
    • ‘Running above the fold on the front page of business, it read as follows.’
    1. 2.1 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.’
      • ‘Laser-printed folds of computer paper began to spill from a slot in the far wall and form a stack on the floor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So I put a fold of toilet paper over the stains and soaked the paper in sodium hypochlorite.’

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.’
      • ‘It ran on Page One of the Star-Tribune, above the fold.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, the former is above the fold on the front page of the NY Times.’
      • ‘What reporters really want is their byline on the front page above the fold.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 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 rest of this post is below the fold.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Place conversion exits above the fold and at every scroll-and-a-half of screen space.’
      • ‘Because these were screen captures, only information "above the fold" (or scroll) was visible.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Place enough content above the fold to allow your visitor to make a decision about continuing on the site.’
      • ‘So what information you put above the fold is crucial.’
      • ‘Your product should be displayed above the fold of your web page.’
      • ‘Placement of the subscription box should be preferably above the fold or in a pop-up.’
      • ‘But there is a lot of detailed argument, which I will stick below the fold.’
  • fold one's arms

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Leaning against the edge of the desk, Nick folds his arms across his thick chest.’
      • ‘Sulking a little, the boy folded his arms over his chest and sat with his legs crossed.’
      • ‘When in the presence of a vampire, fold your arms, cross your ankles or legs and place your folded arms across your solar plexus.’
      • ‘I folded my arms together in front of me and rested my head on them.’
      • ‘‘No it wasn't,’ the twins chimed in together, folding their arms simultaneously.’
      • ‘He was leaning on his arms, which were folded on top of some strange soft thing.’
      • ‘Chrissy got up and sat down on her bed with her arms neatly folded on her lap.’
      • ‘She crossed her legs and folded her arms across her chest.’
  • 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.’
      • ‘She folds her hands together, and gives me a serious look.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His hands were folded across his chest and he was pacing behind the best.’
      • ‘Aaron sat staring at his hands, which were folded in front of him, for a long time.’
      • ‘‘Twenty-million dollars worth,’ J.P. said, folding his hands together in satisfaction.’
      • ‘Raising a silent finger to his lips, he slides into his chair and folds his hands together like nothing happened.’
      • ‘‘Good, now that you are all here, I can give you the news,’ the doctor said, folding his hands together and closing his eyes.’
      • ‘His lip was trembling, his hands shaking even though they were folded in front of him.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

fold

/fōld/

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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He even found that his fold of 14 Highland cattle acted as a social ice-breaker when he moved into the community.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whaw comes from the Norse meaning ‘the enclosure near the fold where sheep are milked’.’
    • ‘In contrast, they acted as if Ramsford were a lamb returning to 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 the locus of a particular set of aims and values.
      ‘he's performing a ritual to be accepted into 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.’
      • ‘South Africa's readmission into the African fold has given Chicco fresh sources of inspiration.’
      • ‘Stevens, an industry veteran, comes on board in time to work the company's recent McKesson Water and Naya acquisitions into the fold.’
      • ‘But when we come down to driving the business and pushing performance, we bring everybody into the fold.’
      • ‘Sinjun prayed fervently they'd accept her 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.’
      • ‘The community accepted me into the fold immediately - how could they not?’
      • ‘Andy does his part to look the part by snuggling up to the newest member of his 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.’
      • ‘And a beautiful, filthy-rich Westmount student communist uses her charms to lure him into the fold.’
      • ‘I must admit, as a confirmed stamper, I've been a bit hesitant to accept scrapbookers into the fold.’
      • ‘But as 2004 brought back some musical exiles to the fold, so it saw its share of departures.’
      • ‘He returned to the fold of Congress Party in 1996 and remained in it till he died.’
      • ‘Only if the other lions accept him into their fold, would Simba be released into the lion enclosure.’
      • ‘Only after aging and settling down was Sultan accepted into the fold.’
      • ‘This time we felt less like lone sheep in the pasture and more welcomed to the fold.’
      • ‘From Madagascar and Mexico, these vines have spread their flavour to the remotest corners of Kerala enticing farmers into its fold.’
      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

/fōld/