Definition of fold noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fəʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//foʊld//
    On the farm
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  1. 1  [countable] a part of something, especially cloth, that is folded or hangs as if it had been folded the folds of her dress loose folds of skin
  2. 2[countable] a mark or line made by folding something, or showing where something should be folded Why is the place I want to find always on the fold of the map?
  3. 3[countable] an area in a field surrounded by a fence or wall where sheep are kept for safety See related entries: On the farm
  4. 4the fold [singular] a group of people with whom you feel you belong or who share the same ideas or beliefs He called on former Republican voters to return to the fold. She was determined to draw Matthew back into the family fold.
  5. 5 [countable] (geology) a curve or bend in the line of the layers of rock in the earth’s crust
  6. 6[countable] (British English) a hollow place among hills or mountains
  7. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 and noun senses 5 to 6 Old English falden, fealden, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vouwen and German falten. noun senses 3 to 4 Old English fald, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vaalt.Extra examples His father finally accepted him back into the family fold. It was a solitary spot in a fold between two hills. She hid the note in a fold in her robe. The country is now firmly back in the international fold. The fabric fell in soft folds. The indigenous people were brought into the Catholic fold. The troops were hidden by the deep folds of the ground. a fold in the land billowing folds of clouds opposing viewpoints within the Anglican fold the heavy folds of his cloak the loose folds of flesh under her chin The child hid his face in the folds of his mother’s skirt.Idioms in/not in a position where you see it first, for example in the top/bottom part of a newspaper page or web page Your ad will be placed above the fold for prominent exposure. The images all appeared below the fold. compare above-the-fold, below-the-fold
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