1. The act of making a fold or folds; also, a fold; a doubling; a plication.
The lower foldings of the vest. --Addison.
2. Agric. The keepig of sheep in inclosures on arable land, etc.
Folding boat, a portable boat made by stretching canvas, etc., over jointed framework, used in campaigning, and by tourists, etc.
Folding chair, a chair which may be shut up compactly for carriage or stowage; a camp chair.
Folding door, one of two or more doors filling a single and hung upon hinges.
Fold v. t. [imp. & p. p. Folded; p. pr. & vb. n. Folding.]
1. 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.
As a vesture shalt thou fold them up. --Heb. i. 12.
2. To double or lay together, as the arms or the hands; as, he folds his arms in despair.
3. To inclose within folds or plaitings; to envelop; to infold; to clasp; to embrace.
A face folded in sorrow. --J. Webster.
We will descend and fold him in our arms. --Shak.
4. To cover or wrap up; to conceal.
Nor fold my fault in cleanly coined excuses. --Shak.
adj : capable of being folded up and stored; "a foldaway bed"
[syn: foldable, foldaway, folding(a)]
n 1: the process whereby a protein molecule assumes its intricate
three-dimensional shape; "understanding protein folding
is the next step in deciphering the genetic code" [syn:
2: the act of folding; "he gave the napkins a double fold"