Dictionary: FOLD-ER – FOL-LIC'U-LA-TED

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  1. An instrument used in folding paper.
  2. One that folds.


  1. A fold; a doubling.
  2. Among farmers, the keeping of sheep in inclosures on arable land, &c.

FOLD-ING, ppr.

  1. Doubling; laying in plaits; keeping in a fold.
  2. adj. Doubling; that may close over another, or that consists of leaves which may close one over another; as, a folding door.


Having no fold. Milman.

FO-LI-A'CEOUS, a. [L. foliaceus, from folium, a leaf. See Foil.]

  1. Leafy; having leaves intermixed with flowers; as, a foliaceous spike. Foliaceous glands are those situated on leaves.
  2. Consisting of leaves or thin lamins; having the form of a leaf or plate; as, foliaceous spar. Woodward.

FO'LI-AGE, n. [Fr. feuillage, from feuille, L. folium, a leaf; It. fogliame; Sp. follage. See Foil.]

  1. Leaves in general; as, a tree of beautiful foliage.
  2. A cluster of leaves, flowers and branches; particularly, the representation of leaves, flowers and branches, in architecture, intended to ornament and enrich capitals, friezes, pediments, &c.

FO'LI-AGE, v.t.

To work or to form into the representation of leaves. Drummond.


Furnished with foliage. Shenstone.


In botany, leafy; furnished with leaves; as, a foliate stalk. Martyn. Lee.

FO'LI-ATE, v.t. [L. foliatus, from folium, a leaf, Gr. φυλλον.]

  1. To beat into a leaf, or thin plate or lamin. Bacon.
  2. To spread over with a thin coat of tin and quicksilver, &c.; as, to foliate a looking glass.

FO'LI-A-TED, pp.

  1. Spread or covered with a thin plate or foil.
  2. In mineralogy, consisting of plates; resembling or in the form of a plate; lamellar; as, a foliated fracture. Minerals that consist of grains, and are at the same time foliated, are called granularly foliated. Kirwan.

FO'LI-A-TING, ppr.

Covering with a leaf or foil.

FO-LI-A'TION, n. [L. foliatio.]

  1. In botany, the leafing of plants; vernation; the disposition of the nascent leaves within the bud. Martyn.
  2. The act of beating a metal into a thin plate, leaf or foil.
  3. The act or operation of spreading foil over the back side of a mirror or looking-glass.


The state of being beaten into foil.

FO'LI-ER, n.

Goldsmith's foil.

FO-LIF'ER-OUS, a. [L. folium, leaf, and fero, to bear.]

Producing leaves.

FO'LI-O, n. [L. folium, a leaf; in folio.]

  1. A book of the largest size, formed by once doubling a sheet of paper.
  2. Among merchants, a page, or rather both the right and left hand pages of an account-book, expressed by the same figure. Encyc.

FO'LI-OLE, n. [from L. folium, a leaf.]

A leaflet; one of the single leaves, which together constitute a compound leaf. Lee.

FO'LI-O-MORT, a. [L. folium mortuum.]

Of a dark yellow color, or that of a faded leaf; fillemot. Woodward.


  1. Leafy; thin; unsubstantial. Brown.
  2. In botany, having leaves intermixed with the flowers.

FOLK, n. [foke; Sax. folc; D. volk; G. volk; Sw. folck; Dan. folk; L. vulgus. The sense is a crowd, from collecting or pressing, not from following, but from the same root, as to follow is to press toward. It may be allied to Sax. fela, G. viel, D. veel, Gr. πολυς and πολλοι. Originally and properly it had no plural, being a collective noun; but in modern use, in America, it has lost its singular number, and we hear it only in the plural. It is a colloquial word, not admissible into elegant style.]

  1. People in general, or any part of them without distinction. What do folks say respecting the war? Men love to talk about the affairs of other folks.
  2. Certain people, discriminated from others; as, old folks, and young folk. Children sometimes call their parents, the old folks. So we say, sick folks; poor folks; proud folks.
  3. In Scripture, the singular number is used; as, a few sick folk; impotent folk. Mark vi. John v. [Old version.]

FOLK-LAND, n. [Sax. folcland.]

In English law, copyhold land; land held by the common people, at the will of the lord. Blackstone.

FOLK-MOTE, n. [Sax. folcmote, folk-meeting.]

An assembly of the people, or of bishops, thanes, aldermen and freemen, to consult respecting public affairs; an annual convention of the people, answering in some measure, to a modem parliament; a word used in England before the Norman conquest, after which the national council was called a parliament. Somner. Spelman. But some authors alledge that the folkmote was an inferior meeting or court.

FOL'LI-CLE, n. [L. folliculus, from follis, a bag or bellows.]

  1. In botany, an univalvular pericarp; a seed-vessel opening on one side longitudinally, and having the seeds loose in it. Martyn. A carpel dehiscing by the ventral suture, and having no dorsal suture. Lindley.
  2. An air bag; a vessel distended with air; as at the root in Utricularia, and on the leaves in Aldrovanda. Martyn.
  3. A little bag, in animal bodies; a gland; a folding; a cavity. Coxe.


Having follicular seed-vessels.