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7 definitions found
 for Foil
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foil \Foil\ (foil), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Foiled (foild); p. pr.
     & vb. n. Foiling.] [F. fouler to tread or trample under
     one's feet, to press, oppress. See Full, v. t.]
     1. To tread under foot; to trample.
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              King Richard . . . caused the ensigns of Leopold to
              be pulled down and foiled under foot. --Knoless.
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              Whom he did all to pieces breake and foyle,
              In filthy durt, and left so in the loathely soyle.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     2. To render (an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to
        baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat.
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              And by ? mortal man at length am foiled. --Dryden.
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              Her long locks that foil the painter's power.
                                                    --Byron.
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     3. To blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in
        chase. --Addison.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foil \Foil\, n. [OE. foil leaf, OF. foil, fuil, fueil, foille,
     fueille, F. feuille, fr. L. folium, pl. folia; akin to Gr. ?,
     and perh. to E. blade. Cf. Foliage, Folio.]
     1. A leaf or very thin sheet of metal; as, brass foil; tin
        foil; gold foil.
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     2. (Jewelry) A thin leaf of sheet copper silvered and
        burnished, and afterwards coated with transparent colors
        mixed with isinglass; -- employed by jewelers to give
        color or brilliancy to pastes and inferior stones. --Ure.
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     3. Anything that serves by contrast of color or quality to
        adorn or set off another thing to advantage.
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              As she a black silk cap on him began
              To set, for foil of his milk-white to serve. --Sir
                                                    P. Sidney.
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              Hector has a foil to set him off.     --Broome.
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     4. A thin coat of tin, with quicksilver, laid on the back of
        a looking-glass, to cause reflection.
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     5. (Arch.) The space between the cusps in Gothic
        architecture; a rounded or leaflike ornament, in windows,
        niches, etc. A group of foils is called trefoil,
        quatrefoil, quinquefoil, etc., according to the number of
        arcs of which it is composed.
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     Foil stone, an imitation of a jewel or precious stone.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foil \Foil\, v. t. [See 6th File.]
     To defile; to soil. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foil \Foil\, n.
     1. Failure of success when on the point of attainment;
        defeat; frustration; miscarriage. --Milton.
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              Nor e'er was fate so near a foil.     --Dryden.
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     2. A blunt weapon used in fencing, resembling a smallsword in
        the main, but usually lighter and having a button at the
        point.
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              Blunt as the fencer's foils, which hit, but hurt
              not.                                  --Shak.
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              Isocrates contended with a foil against Demosthenes
              with a word.                          --Mitford.
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     3. The track or trail of an animal.
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     To run a foil,to lead astray; to puzzle; -- alluding to the
        habits of some animals of running back over the same track
        to mislead their pursuers. --Brewer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  foil
      n 1: a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic
           film was wrapped in foil"
      2: anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another
         thing's good qualities; "pretty girls like plain friends as
         foils" [syn: foil, enhancer]
      3: 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" [syn:
         hydrofoil, foil]
      4: picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a
         transparent base; viewed with a projector [syn: foil,
         transparency]
      5: a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
      v 1: enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are
           foiled against the background"
      2: hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What
         ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing
         September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: thwart,
         queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate,
         baffle, bilk]
      3: cover or back with foil; "foil mirrors"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  236 Moby Thesaurus words for "foil":
     Roscius, actor, actress, antagonist, antipode, antipodes, antipole,
     antithesis, antonym, background, background detail, bad guy,
     baffle, bafflement, balk, balking, barnstormer, beat, bilbo, bilk,
     blast, brave, broadsword, buffalo, cast down, challenge, character,
     character actor, character man, character woman, check, checkmate,
     child actor, circumvent, claymore, coat, coating, collop, confound,
     confounding, confront, confusion, contra, contravene, converse,
     counter, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck, countermand,
     counterpoint, counterpoise, counterpole, counterterm, counterwork,
     covering, cross, curb, cut, cutlass, dash, daunt, deal, deceive,
     decorative composition, decorative style, defeat,
     defeat expectation, defy, design, destroy, detail, disappoint,
     discomfit, discomfiture, disconcert, disconcertion, discountenance,
     diseur, diseuse, dish, disillusion, disk, disrupt, dissatisfy,
     dramatizer, elude, embarrass, epee, evade, falchion, faze, feeder,
     feuille, figure, film, flake, flap, flummox, foiling, fold,
     foreground detail, form, frustrate, frustration, get around,
     get round, give the runaround, give the slip, glaive,
     go one better, hamper, heavy, histrio, histrion, impede, ingenue,
     inverse, juvenile, knock the chocks, lamella, lamina,
     laminated glass, laminated wood, lamination, lap, layer, leaf,
     let down, matinee idol, membrane, mime, mimer, mimic, monologist,
     motif, mummer, national style, nonplus, nullify, obverse, offset,
     opposite, opposite number, ornamental motif, outfigure, outflank,
     outgeneral, outguess, outmaneuver, outplay, outreach, outsmart,
     outwit, overreach, pane, panel, pantomime, pantomimist, parry,
     pass the buck, patina, pattern, peel, pellicle, period style,
     perplex, plait, plank, plate, plating, playactor, player, ply,
     plywood, protean actor, rapier, rasher, rattle, rebuff, reciter,
     repeated figure, repulse, restrain, reversal, reverse, rout, ruin,
     saber, sabotage, safety glass, scale, scimitar, scotch, scum,
     setback, setoff, setting, sheet, skin, slab, slat, slice,
     soubrette, spike, spoil, stage performer, stage player, stonewall,
     stooge, straight man, stroller, strolling player, stump, style,
     table, tablet, tantalize, tease, the contrary, the other side,
     theatrical, theme, thespian, thwart, thwarting, touch, trouper,
     tuck, upset, utility man, veneer, victimize, villain, vis-a-vis,
     wafer
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  FOIL
  
     File Oriented Interpretive Language.  CAI language.
  
     ["FOIL - A File Oriented Interpretive Language",
     J.C. Hesselbart, Proc ACM 23rd National Conf (1968)].
  

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