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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.


Synonymsenhancer


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.


Synonymshydrofoil


Broader (hypernym)device

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


Synonymstransparency


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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