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2foil A thin metallic sheet that is capable of absorbing neutrons, then emitting energy Foils are sometimes used as diagnostic devices in places where instruments are too large to fit Foils are also used in neutron radiography
3foil Lobe on a leaf-shaped curve formed by the cusping of a circle or arch The number of foils involved is indicated by a prefix, e g , tre-foil (3); quatre-foil (4), etc Foils are found in windows of Gothic Revival churches and houses
4foil A fencing weapon with rectangular cross-section blade and a small bell guard; any sword that has been buttoned to render it less dangerous for practice
5foil hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
6foil A thrusting weapon used in competition that allows valid touches only with the tip of the blade The target area comprises the torso, both front and back, and the groin Touches to other parts of the body are off target
7foil a/ A light thrusting weapon used in modern fencing b/ A type of small sword with no edge and a button at the tip c/ Elizabethan for any blunted sword d/ To defeat
8foil lobe (leaf) formed by the cusping of a circle or an arch Trefoil, quatrefoil, cinquefoil, multifoil, express the number of leaf shapes to be seen
9foil A "blunt " Any unsharpened weapon intended for practice The practice weapon for the epee du combat (duelling sword)
10foil That which sets off something to advantage The allusion is to the metallic leaf used by jewellers to set off precious stones (French, feuille; Latin, folium; Greek, phullon, a leaf ) "Hector, as a foil to set him off " Broome "I'll be your foil, Laertes In mine ignorance Your skill shall, like a star i' the darkest night, Stick flery off indeed " Shakespeare: Hamlet, v 2 He foiled me He outwitted me "If I be foiled, there is but one ashamod who never was gracious " - Shakespeare: As You Like It, i 2 To run a foil To puzzle; to lead astray The track of game is called its foil; and an animal hunted will sometimes run back over the same foil in order to mislead its pursuers
11foil enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"
12foil a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
13foil If you foil someone's plan or attempt to do something, for example to commit a crime, you succeed in stopping them from doing what they want. A brave police chief foiled an armed robbery on a jewellers' by grabbing the raiders' shotgun = thwart
14foil Foil consists of sheets of metal as thin as paper. It is used to wrap food in. Pour cider around the meat and cover with foil. aluminium foil
15foil light sword, light fencing sword with a dull edged and a button on its point; thin metal sheets (i.e. aluminum foil); person or thing which serves as a contrast to another; small arc in a window (Architecture)  isim
16foil approval If you refer to one thing or person as a foil for another, you approve of the fact that they contrast with each other and go well together, often in a way that makes the second thing or person seem better or less harmful. He thought of her serenity as a foil for his intemperance A cold beer is the perfect foil for a curry. = complement. to prevent something bad that someone is planning to do
17foil a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic film was wrapped in foil"
18foil picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
19foil 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"
20foil anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities; "pretty girls like plain friends as foils"
21foil frustrate, balk; prevent someone from succeeding; act as a contrast for; cover or coat with a thin sheet of metal  fiil
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