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English noun: foil

1. foil (artifact) a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal

SamplesThe photographic film was wrapped in foil.

Broader (hypernym)sheet metal

Narrower (hyponym)aluminium foil, aluminum foil, chaff, gold foil, tin foil, tin foil, tinfoil

2. foil (cognition) anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities

SamplesPretty girls like plain friends as foils.


Broader (hypernym)attention

3. foil (artifact) 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

SamplesThe fins of a fish act as hydrofoils.


Broader (hypernym)device

4. foil (artifact) picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector


Broader (hypernym)icon, ikon, image, picture

Narrower (hyponym)lantern slide, overhead, slide, viewgraph

5. foil (artifact) a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button

Broader (hypernym)fencing sword

Domain categoryfencing

English verb: foil

1. foil (stative) enhance by contrast

SamplesIn this picture, the figures are foiled against the background.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)contrast, counterpoint

2. foil (social) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

SamplesWhat ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge.
Foil your opponent.

Synonymsbaffle, bilk, cross, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

Narrower (hyponym)dash, disappoint, let down, ruin, short-circuit

3. foil (contact) cover or back with foil

SamplesFoil mirrors.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover

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