- 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 bagsMore example sentences
- Place stuffing in the centre and then fold the sides together.
- 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.
- With the spatula, fold one side over the strip of cheese.
- 1.1 (fold 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 mixtureMore example sentences
mix, blend, stir gently, incorporate
- Using a large metal spoon, fold the egg white into the batter.
- Finally, very stiffly whisked egg whites are folded into the mixture.
- To finish the bisque, in a medium bowl, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the bisque until smooth.
- 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 (as adjective folding) a folding chairMore example sentences
- 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 third seat folds flat, but unlike newer vehicles, doesn't disappear into the floor.
- The equipment folds on to a lorry and the centrepiece is a half pipe that is hydraulically operated.
- 1.3Bend or rearrange (a piece of folding furniture or equipment): he folded up his tripodMore example sentences
- The usual set-up of tables was gone, leaving the area blank; the tables were folded up and shoved to the various walls.
- Reese had folded the seats down and laid crisp clean blankets down on them and had propped pillows up so Genesis could rest.
- A longer load can be accommodated by folding the passenger seat.
- 1.4 [no object] (fold out) Be able to be opened out; unfold: the sofa folds outMore example sentences
- The main door popped open and the stairs folded out.
- The sofa folds out into a bed - which is fully made and fairly comfortable.
- 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.
- 1.5 Geology Cause (rock strata) to undergo bending or curvature: (as noun folding) a more active period of igneous activity caused intense foldingMore example sentences
- Even the youngest Triassic rocks are strongly folded, in places by isoclinal, recumbent folds.
- 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.
- 2 [with adverbial] Cover or wrap something in (a soft or flexible material): a plastic bag was folded around the bookMore example sentences
- Ten slips of paper were folded into a plastic bag, and they drew lots.
- A flat strip of ‘soft’ iron is folded in half around a mandrel to create the socket.
- The paper was successively folded over or covered so that each participant could not see what his or her predecessor had done.
- 2.1Hold or clasp (someone) closely in one’s arms with passion or deep affection: Bob folded her in his arms and kissed herMore example sentences
- Bending his head, he pressed his lips gently against her own, folding her in his embrace before she could shy away.
- He went to his new bride and, kneeling on the floor next to her chair, folded her into his embrace.
- He folded her in a painful embrace and held onto her as if he was hanging on for sweet life itself.
- 3 [no object] • informal (Of an enterprise or organization) cease operating as a result of financial problems or a lack of support: the club folded earlier this yearMore example sentences
- The government would cut all the funding to NASA, and the organization would fold.
- Remove that component and the whole enterprise could fold, denying a further service to the community.
- However, the project folded because the instrument was too expensive for commercialization.
- 3.1(Especially of a sports player or team) suddenly stop performing well or effectively: he folded in the second roundMore example sentences
- 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.
- But, I was surprised when the Lankan team folded up under two sessions in the second innings of this Test.
- The team is folding under pressure, and coach Pat Riley is getting angry.
- 3.2(Of a poker player) drop out of a hand: an unerring knack for knowing when to fold and when to stay inMore example sentences
- 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.
- I bet, get raised, and we end up capping it with the other player folding.
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- 1 (usually folds) A form or shape produced by the gentle draping of a loose, full garment or piece of cloth: the fabric fell in soft foldsMore example sentences
- This is a long outer garment with loose folds and a head covering.
- 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.
- 1.1An area of skin that sags or hangs loosely.More example sentences
- They are attracted to areas where the skin is thinner: folds around the ankles, backs of knees, waist, and underarms.
- His face was so thick with sorrow it seemed to hang in the folds of the skin.
- 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.
- 1.2chiefly British An undulation or gentle curve of the ground; a slight hill or hollow: the house lay in a fold of the hillsMore example sentences
- Trudging up the glen, one comes gradually upon a little limewashed house clinging to a fold in the hills.
- The topography is majestically varied, spreading in hills and folds into infinity.
- 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.
- 1.3 Geology A bend or curvature of strata.More example sentences
- The Delamerian Orogen is a compressional orogen developed by westward vergent folds and thrust faults.
- In the footwall of the antithetic fault, a drag fold creates an anticline which is best seen in quarry Q1.
- In the study area, the surface geology of the foreland fold and thrust belt is dominated by the south Urals accretionary complex.
- 2A line or crease produced in paper or cloth as the result of folding it.More example sentences
- Folding clothes gives a sharp crease along the fold line.
- Open the paper and crease the folds back and forth to make the pages easier to form.
- The folds have worn translucent lines into the rough drawing paper.
- 2.1A piece of paper or cloth that has been folded: a fold of paper slipped out of the diaryMore example sentences
- Then I began to open the slippery paper out of its folds.
- Laser-printed folds of computer paper began to spill from a slot in the far wall and form a stack on the floor.
- Instead Sunil clenches his paper into folds, picks up his case, and gets off at Waterloo.
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 foldMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 lowerMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- She crossed her legs and folded her arms across her chest.
- ‘Apparently they're getting back together,’ I said sighing and folding my arms against my chest.
- Sulking a little, the boy folded his arms over his chest and sat with his legs crossed.
fold one's hands
- Bring or hold one’s hands together.More example sentences
- Raising a silent finger to his lips, he slides into his chair and folds his hands together like nothing happened.
- She folds her hands together, and gives me a serious look.
- ‘Good, now that you are all here, I can give you the news,’ the doctor said, folding his hands together and closing his eyes.
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- The new foldable IOL's became popular in the 1990's.
- The little thing has four wheels and a single, foldable seat.
- With the optional foldable front passenger seat, maximum load length can be extended to 2.70 metres.
Old English falden, fealden, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vouwen and German falten.
- 1A pen or enclosure in a field where livestock, especially sheep, can be kept.More example sentences
- Whaw comes from the Norse meaning ‘the enclosure near the fold where sheep are milked’.
- 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.
- 1.1 (the 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 foldMore example sentences
- The community accepted me into the fold immediately - how could they not?
- Angel killed Jenny, but he has been accepted back 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.
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Old English fald, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vaalt.