1 a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic film was wrapped in foil"
2 anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities; "pretty girls like plain friends as foils" [syn: enhancer]
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; "the fins of a fish act as hydrofoils" [syn: hydrofoil]
4 picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector [syn: transparency]
5 a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
1 enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"
2 hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk]
3 cover or back with foil; "foil mirrors"
- Rhymes: -ɔɪl- Coil
- A very thin sheet of metal.
- Thin aluminium/aluminum (or, formerly, tin) used for wrapping food.
- A thin layer of metal put between a jewel and its setting to make it seem more brilliant.
- In literature, theatre/theater, etc, a character who helps emphasize the traits of the main character.
- Anything that acts to emphasise the characteristics of something.
- A very thin sword with a blunted (or foiled) tip
- A thin, transparent plastic material on which marks are made and projected for the purposes of presentation. See transparency.
- Shortened form of hydrofoil.
- Shortened form of aerofoil/airfoil.
thin sheet of metal
thin aluminium/aluminum or tin used for wrapping food
type of sword used in fencing
thin layer of metal put between a jewel and its setting to make it seem more brilliant
- Lithuanian: folija
a character who helps emphasise the traits of the main character
- German: Kontrastfigur
anything that acts to emphasise the characteristics of something
shortened form of hydrofoil See hydrofoil
prevent from being accomplished
Foil may refer to:
- Foil (papermaking), a type of ving under the wire in the wire section of a paper machine creating a vacuum pulse to eliminate water from the stock (fibre/water slurry).
- Ultrasonic foil (papermaking), a type of high frequency vibrating foil under the wire, creating cavitation, imploding vacuum bubbles, in the stock on the wire. The shock waves from the imploding bubbles will distribute the fibres more uniform in the paper web and this will give a stronger paper.
- Foil stamping, printmaking technique
- FOIL rule, a way to expand polynomials
Foil may also be:
- First Order Inductive Learner - a rule-based learning algorithm.
- FOIL programming language, one of two defunct computer programming languages
- Foil (band), a Seattle grunge rock group c.1990-1998.
- Foil (fencing), one of the three weapons used in modern fencing
- Foil (literature), a character who emphasizes the traits of a main character
- Comedic foil, (or comic foil), is the straight man in a comedy team.
- FOIL (acronym for Film Over Incandescent Light), an image projection technique
foil in German: Folie
foil in Dutch: Folie
foil in Swedish: Folie
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