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  Definition of foil
  1. a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
  2. a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic film was wrapped in foil"
  3. picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
  4. 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. anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing''s good qualities; "pretty girls like plain friends as foils"
  6. cover or back with foil; "foil mirrors"
  7. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth''s amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
  8. enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"
Similar Words: transparency, hydrofoil, enhancer, thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk

 

See Also: double cross

 

Hyponyms: aluminum foil, aluminium foil, tin foil, chaff, gold foil, tinfoil, slide, lantern slide, viewgraph, overhead, disappoint, let down, dash, short-circuit, ruin

 

Derivational Morphology: foliate, enhance, frustration, defeat, thwarting, foiling, cross, crown of thorns, obstructionist, obstructor, obstructer, resister, thwarter, enhancer

 

Anagrams: LIFO

 

 
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