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FOIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does foil mean? 

FOIL (noun)
  The noun FOIL has 5 senses:

1. a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
2. anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities
3. 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
4. picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
5. a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button

  Familiarity information: FOIL used as a noun is common.


FOIL (verb)
  The verb FOIL has 3 senses:

1. enhance by contrast
2. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
3. cover or back with foil

  Familiarity information: FOIL used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FOIL (noun)


Sense 1foil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A piece of thin and flexible sheet metal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

the photographic film was wrapped in foil

Hypernyms ("foil" is a kind of...):

sheet metal (sheet of metal formed into a thin plate)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "foil"):

aluminium foil; aluminum foil; tin foil (foil made of aluminum)

chaff (foil in thin strips; ejected into the air as a radar countermeasure)

gold foil (foil made of gold)

tin foil; tinfoil (foil made of tin or an alloy of tin and lead)


Sense 2foil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

enhancer; foil

Context example:

pretty girls like plain friends as foils

Hypernyms ("foil" is a kind of...):

attention (a general interest that leads people to want to know more)


Sense 3foil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

hydrofoil; foil

Context example:

the fins of a fish act as hydrofoils

Hypernyms ("foil" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)


Sense 4foil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

transparency; foil

Hypernyms ("foil" is a kind of...):

icon; ikon; image; picture (a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "foil"):

overhead; viewgraph (a transparency for use with an overhead projector)

lantern slide; slide (a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector)


Sense 5foil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A light slender flexible sword tipped by a button

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("foil" is a kind of...):

fencing sword (a sword used in the sport of fencing)

Domain category:

fencing (the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules))


FOIL (verb)


Sense 1foil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enhance by contrast

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background

Hypernyms (to "foil" is one way to...):

contrast; counterpoint (to show differences when compared; be different)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2foil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

thwart; scotch; queer; frustrate; foil; bilk; baffle; cross; spoil

Context examples:

What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge / foil your opponent

Hypernyms (to "foil" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "foil"):

disappoint; let down (fail to meet the hopes or expectations of)

dash (destroy or break)

short-circuit (hamper the progress of; impede)

ruin (destroy or cause to fail)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3foil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover or back with foil

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

foil mirrors

Hypernyms (to "foil" is one way to...):

cover (provide with a covering or cause to be covered)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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"A good start is half the job done." (Dutch proverb)

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