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Meaning of FOIL

Pronunciation:  foyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
  2. [n]  a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic film was wrapped in foil"
  3. [n]  picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
  4. [n]  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; "the fins of a fish act as hydrofoils"
  5. [n]  anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities; "pretty girls like plain friends as foils"
  6. [v]  cover or back with foil; "foil mirrors"
  7. [v]  hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
  8. [v]  enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"

FOIL is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: baffle, bilk, cross, enhancer, frustrate, hydrofoil, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart, transparency
 See Also: aluminium foil, aluminum foil, attention, chaff, contrast, counterpoint, cover, dash, device, disappoint, double cross, fencing sword, forbid, foreclose, forestall, gold foil, icon, ikon, image, lantern slide, let down, overhead, picture, preclude, prevent, ruin, sheet metal, short-circuit, slide, tin foil, tinfoil, viewgraph



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Foil\ (foil), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Foiled} (foild); p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Foiling}.] [F. fouler to tread or trample under
    one's feet, to press, oppress. See {Full}, v. t.]
    1. To tread under foot; to trample.
             King Richard . . . caused the ensigns of Leopold to
             be pulled down and foiled under foot. --Knoless.
             Whom he did all to pieces breake and foyle, In
             filthy durt, and left so in the loathely soyle.
    2. To render (an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to
       baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat.
             And by ? mortal man at length am foiled. --Dryden.
             Her long locks that foil the painter's power.
    3. To blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in
       chase. --Addison.
  2. \Foil\, v. t. [See 6th {File}.]
    To defile; to soil. [Obs.]
  3. \Foil\, n.
    1. Failure of success when on the point of attainment;
       defeat; frustration; miscarriage. --Milton.
             Nor e'er was fate so near a foil.     --Dryden.
    2. A blunt weapon used in fencing, resembling a smallsword in
       the main, but usually lighter and having a button at the
             Blunt as the fencer's foils, which hit, but hurt
             not.                                  --Shak.
             Isocrates contended with a foil against Demosthenes
             with a word.                          --Mitford.
    3. The track or trail of an animal.
    {To run a foil},to lead astray; to puzzle; -- alluding to the
       habits of some animals of running back over the same track
       to mislead their pursuers. --Brewer.
  4. \Foil\, n. [OE. foil leaf, OF. foil, fuil, fueil, foille,
    fueille, F. feuille, fr. L. folium, pl. folia; akin to Gr. ?,
    and perh. to E. blade. Cf. {Foliage}, {Folio}.]
    1. A leaf or very thin sheet of metal; as, brass foil; tin
       foil; gold foil.
    2. (Jewelry) A thin leaf of sheet copper silvered and
       burnished, and afterwards coated with transparent colors
       mixed with isinglass; -- employed by jewelers to give
       color or brilliancy to pastes and inferior stones. --Ure.
    3. Anything that serves by contrast of color or quality to
       adorn or set off another thing to advantage.
             As she a black silk cap on him began To set, for
             foil of his milk-white to serve.      --Sir P.
             Hector has a foil to set him off.     --Broome.
    4. A thin coat of tin, with quicksilver, laid on the back of
       a looking-glass, to cause reflection.
    5. (Arch.) The space between the cusps in Gothic
       architecture; a rounded or leaflike ornament, in windows,
       niches, etc. A group of foils is called trefoil,
       quatrefoil, quinquefoil, etc., according to the number of
       arcs of which it is composed.
    {Foil stone}, an imitation of a jewel or precious stone.
Computing Dictionary

File Oriented Interpretive Language. CAI language.

["FOIL - A File Oriented Interpretive Language", J.C. Hesselbart, Proc ACM 23rd National Conf (1968)].

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