a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
"the photographic film was wrapped in foil"
anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities
"pretty girls like plain friends as foils"
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"
picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
enhance by contrast
"In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"
thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk(verb)
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
"What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
cover or back with foil
To apply the FOIL algorithm to.
A particular algorithm for multiplying two binomials.
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.
A stylized flower or leaf.
Shortened form of hydrofoil.
To prevent (something) from being accomplished.
To prevent (someone) from accomplishing something.
The track of an animal.
To multiply two binomials together.
Shortened form of aerofoil/airfoil.
Origin: of first outer inner last or similar.
to tread under foot; to trample
to render (an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat
to blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in chase
to defile; to soil
failure of success when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage
a blunt weapon used in fencing, resembling a smallsword in the main, but usually lighter and having a button at the point
the track or trail of an animal
a leaf or very thin sheet of metal; as, brass foil; tin foil; gold foil
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
anything that serves by contrast of color or quality to adorn or set off another thing to advantage
a thin coat of tin, with quicksilver, laid on the back of a looking-glass, to cause reflection
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
Origin: [See 6th File.]
In fiction, a foil is a character who contrasts with another character in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character. A foil usually either differs drastically or is extremely similar but with a key difference setting them apart. The concept of a foil is also more widely applied to any comparison that is made to contrast a difference between two things. Thomas F. Gieryn places these uses of literary foils into three categories which Tamara Antoine and Pauline Metze explain as: those that emphasize the heightened contrast, those that operate by exclusion, and those that assign blame. In Pride and Prejudice, Mary's absorption in her studies places her as a foil to her sister Elizabeth Bennet's lively and distracted nature. Similarly, in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, the character Brutus has foils in the two characters Cassius and Mark Antony. In the Harry Potter series, Draco Malfoy can be seen as a foil to the Harry Potter character; Professor Snape enables both characters "to experience the essential adventures of self-determination" but they make different choices.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
foil, v.t. to defeat: to puzzle: to disappoint: (Spens.) to beat down or trample with the feet:—pr.p. foil′ing; pa.p. foiled.—n. failure after success seemed certain: defeat: a blunt sword used in fencing, having a button on the point.—Put to the foil, to blemish. [O. Fr. fuler, to stamp or crush—Low L. fullare—fullo, a fuller of cloth.]
foil, n. a leaf or thin plate of metal, as tin-foil: a thin leaf of metal put under precious stones to increase their lustre or change their colour: anything that serves to set off something else: a small arc in the tracery of a window, &c. (trefoiled, cinquefoiled, multifoiled, &c.).—adj. Foiled.—n. Foil′ing. [O. Fr. foil (Fr. feuille)—L. folium, a leaf.]
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Filo, filo, LIFO, lo-fi
The numerical value of FOIL in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of FOIL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Curse you Sonic! Not only do you foil my plans but you foil my speeches too. I work hard on them!
Rahm has to say these (critical) things about Rauner. This is a perfect foil for him, rahm knows without someone applying discipline in Springfield (the state capital), which will eventually work its way back to straightening out the city of Chicago, the city will be at risk.
We've really gone for it in a major way but I'm absolutely certain that's the right approach, these boats now foil out of the water. There's very little in the water. It's about aerodynamics, it's about control systems, hydraulic systems and the automotive industry obviously lead the way.
There is strong evidence that Israeli forces committed war crimes in their relentless and massive bombardment of residential areas of Rafah in order to foil the capture of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, displaying a shocking disregard for civilian lives, they carried out a series of disproportionate or otherwise indiscriminate attacks, which they have completely failed to investigate independently.
Serious work must take place. We can withstand the sanctions and neutralize and foil the enemy's goals. If we don't, the enemy would proceed and place conditions on our nuclear program and impose sanctions, if sanctions are to be the way, the Iranian nation can also do it. A big collection of the world's oil and gas is in Iran so Iran if necessary can hold back on the gas that Europe and the world is so dependent on.
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Translations for FOIL
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- станиол, фолио, рапира, варакBulgarian
- paper d'alumini, floret, fullCatalan, Valencian
- Kontrastfigur, Aluminiumfolie, Folie, hintertreiben, FlorettGerman
- ματαιώνω, αλουμινόχαρτο, ελαφρύ ξίφος ξιφασκίας, έλασμαGreek
- papel de aluminio, lámina de metal, frustrar, folio, floreteSpanish
- estää, kertoa, folio, florettiFinnish
- feuille, alu, déjouer, fleuret, papier d'aluminiumFrench
- cliwe crammanaghManx
- ֆոլգա, խափանել, փայլաթիթեղ, նրբաթիթեղ, առաջն առնելArmenian
- lamella, fioretto, sventare, spalla, carta stagnola, laminaItalian
- 箔, フォイル, 金属裏張り, ホイル, フルーレJapanese
- folija, rapyraLithuanian
- Aluminiumfolie, afweren, verijdelen, uitwerken, floret, frustreren, folieDutch
- floret, foliaPolish
- frustrar, papel-alumínio, folha, floretePortuguese
- предотвращать, рапира, станиоль, фольгаRussian
- aluminiumfolie, florett, folieSwedish
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