/foʊld / (say fohld)

verb (t)
1. to double or bend (cloth, paper, etc.) over upon itself.
2. to bring together (the arms, hands, legs, etc.) with one round another: to fold one's arms on one's chest.
3. to bring (the wings) close to the body, as a bird on alighting.
4. to enclose; wrap: to fold something in paper.
5. to clasp or embrace: to fold someone in one's arms.
verb (i)
6. to be folded or be capable of folding: the doors fold back.
7. to be closed or brought to an end, usually with financial loss, as a business enterprise or theatrical production.
8. Cards to acknowledge defeat by withdrawing one's hand, usually by laying the cards on the table.
9. a part that is folded; pleat; layer: to wrap something in folds of cloth.
10. a hollow made by folding: to carry something in the fold of one's dress.
11. a crease made by folding.
12. Internet the point in a web page where the user has to scroll down to read the bottom of the page.
13. a hollow place in undulating ground: a fold of the hills; a fold of the mountains.
14. Geology a portion of strata which is folded or bent (as an anticline or syncline), or which connects two horizontal or parallel portions of strata of different levels (as a monocline).
15. a coil of a serpent, string, etc.
16. an act of folding or doubling over.
17. fold about (or around), to bend or wind around: to fold one's arms about a person's neck.
18. fold in, Cookery to mix in, as beaten eggwhites added to a batter or the like, by gently turning one part over another with a spoon, etc.
19. fold up,
a. to bring into a compact form, or shut, by bending and laying parts together: to fold up a map.
b. to collapse.
c. to fail in business.
{Middle English folde(n), from Old Norse falda; replacing Old English fealdan}
/foʊld / (say fohld)

1. an enclosure for domestic animals, especially sheep.
2. the sheep contained in it.
3. a flock of sheep.
4. a church or congregation.
verb (t)
5. to confine (sheep, etc.) in a fold.
6. return to the fold, to espouse the beliefs that one had espoused previously but then turned one's back on.
7. the fold, any community of like-minded people adhering to an established belief or point of view: *He did not like, although he thought himself a radical, to feel himself outside the comfort of the fold –peter carey, 1988.
{Middle English folde, Old English fald, falod}
/foʊld / (say fohld)

noun Colloquial
a foldback speaker.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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