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Meaning of 'fold' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Fold [ n.]
- An inclosure for sheep; a sheep pen.
- A flock of sheep; figuratively, the Church or a church; as, Christ's fold.
- A boundary; a limit.
2 . Fold [ v.]
- A doubling,esp. of any flexible substance; a part laid over on another part; a plait; a plication.
- Times or repetitions; -- used with numerals, chiefly in composition, to denote multiplication or increase in a geometrical ratio, the doubling, tripling, etc., of anything; as, fourfold, four times, increased in a quadruple ratio, multiplied by four.
- That which is folded together, or which infolds or envelops; embrace.
3 . Fold [ v. i.]
- To become folded, plaited, or doubled; to close over another of the same kind; to double together; as, the leaves of the door fold.
- To confine sheep in a fold.
4 . Fold [ v. t.]
- To lap or lay in plaits or folds; to lay one part over another part of; to double; as, to fold cloth; to fold a letter.
- To double or lay together, as the arms or the hands; as, he folds his arms in despair.
- To inclose within folds or plaitings; to envelop; to infold; to clasp; to embrace.
- To cover or wrap up; to conceal.
- To confine in a fold, as sheep.

Meaning of 'fold' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . fold [ n]
Meaning (1):
- an angular or rounded shape made by folding
Example in sentence:
  • a bend of his elbow;
  • a crease in his trousers;
  • a flexure of the colon;
  • a fold in the napkin;
  • a plication on her blouse
Meaning (2):
- the act of folding
Example in sentence:
  • he gave the napkins a double fold
3 . fold [ v]
Meaning (3):
- cease to operate or cause to cease operating
Example in sentence:
  • close up the shop;
  • My business closes every night at 8 P.M.;
  • The owners decided to move and to close the factory
Meaning (4):
- incorporate a food ingredient into a mixture by repeatedly turning it over without stirring or beating
Example in sentence:
  • Fold the egg whites into the batter
Meaning (5):
- bend or lay so that one part covers the other
Example in sentence:
  • fold up the newspaper;
  • turn up your collar
Meaning (6):
- become folded or folded up
Example in sentence:
  • The bed folds in a jiffy