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Definition 1: a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button - [noun denoting artifact]

(foil is a kind of ...) a sword used in the sport of fencing

(foil belongs to category ...) the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)

Definition 2: a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where foil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the photographic film was wrapped in foil

(foil is a kind of ...) sheet of metal formed into a thin plate

(... is a kind of foil ) foil made of aluminum

(... is a kind of foil ) foil in thin strips; ejected into the air as a radar countermeasure

(... is a kind of foil ) foil made of gold

(... is a kind of foil ) foil made of tin or an alloy of tin and lead

Definition 3: picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for foil in the sense of this definition

(foil is a kind of ...) a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface

"they showed us the pictures of their wedding" "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"

(... is a kind of foil ) a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector

(... is a kind of foil ) a transparency for use with an overhead projector

Definition 4: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where foil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the fins of a fish act as hydrofoils

Synonyms for foil in the sense of this definition

(foil is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

Definition 5: anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where foil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pretty girls like plain friends as foils

Synonyms for foil in the sense of this definition

(foil is a kind of ...) a general interest that leads people to want to know more

"She was the center of attention"

Definition 6: cover or back with foil - [verb of contact]

Samples where foil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • foil mirrors

(foil is a kind of ...) provide with a covering or cause to be covered

"cover her face with a handkerchief" "cover the child with a blanket" "cover the grave with flowers"

Samples where foil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge
  • foil your opponent

Synonyms for foil in the sense of this definition

(foil is a kind of ...) keep from happening or arising; make impossible

"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

(... is a kind of foil ) fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

"Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"

(... is a kind of foil ) destroy or break

"dashed ambitions and hopes"

(... is a kind of foil ) hamper the progress of; impede

"short-circuit warm feelings"

(... is a kind of foil ) destroy or cause to fail

"This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"

Definition 8: enhance by contrast - [verb of stative]

Samples where foil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background

(foil is a kind of ...) to show differences when compared; be different

"the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

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