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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Foil v. t. [imp. & p. p. Foiled p. pr. & vb. n. Foiling.]
 1. To tread under foot; to trample.
    King Richard . . . caused the ensigns of Leopold to be pulled down and foiled under foot.   --Knoless.
  Whom he did all to pieces breake and foyle,
       In filthy durt, and left so in the loathely soyle.   --Spenser.
 2. To render (an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat.
            And bymortal man at length am foiled.   --Dryden.
            Her long locks that foil the painter's power.   --Byron.
 3. To blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in chase.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : disappointingly unsuccessful; "disappointed expectations and
            thwarted ambitions"; "their foiled attempt to capture
            Calais"; "many frustrated poets end as pipe-smoking
            teachers"; "his best efforts were thwarted" [syn: defeated,
             disappointed, discomfited, frustrated, thwarted]