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FOLD, n. [See the verb, to fold.]

1. A pen or inclosure for sheep; a place where a flock of sheep is kept, whether in the field or under shelter.

2. A flock of sheep. Hence in a scriptural sense, the church, the flock of the Shepherd of Israel.

Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold. John 10.

3. A limit. [Not in use.]

FOLD, n.

1. The doubling of any flexible substance, as cloth; complication; a plait; one part turned or bent and laid on another; as a fold of linen.

2. In composition, the same quantity added; as two fold, four fold, ten fold, that is, twice as much, four times as much, ten times as much.

FOLD, v.t. [Heb. The primary sense is to fall, or to lay, to set, throw or press together.]

1. To double; to lap or lay in plaits; as, to fold a piece of cloth.

2. To double and insert one part in another; as, to fold a letter.

3. To double or lay together, as the arms. He folds his arms in despair.

4. To confine sheep in a fold.

FOLD, v.i. To close over another of the same kind; as, the leaves of the door fold.




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FOLD, n. [See the verb, to fold.]

1. A pen or inclosure for sheep; a place where a flock of sheep is kept, whether in the field or under shelter.

2. A flock of sheep. Hence in a scriptural sense, the church, the flock of the Shepherd of Israel.

Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold. John 10.

3. A limit. [Not in use.]

FOLD, n.

1. The doubling of any flexible substance, as cloth; complication; a plait; one part turned or bent and laid on another; as a fold of linen.

2. In composition, the same quantity added; as two fold, four fold, ten fold, that is, twice as much, four times as much, ten times as much.

FOLD, v.t. [Heb. The primary sense is to fall, or to lay, to set, throw or press together.]

1. To double; to lap or lay in plaits; as, to fold a piece of cloth.

2. To double and insert one part in another; as, to fold a letter.

3. To double or lay together, as the arms. He folds his arms in despair.

4. To confine sheep in a fold.

FOLD, v.i. To close over another of the same kind; as, the leaves of the door fold.


FOLD, n.1 [Sax. fald, falde; W. fald; Ir. fal, a fold, a wall or hedge; Dan. fold. See the verb, to fold.]

  1. A pen or inclosure for sheep; a place where a flock of sheep is kept, whether in the field or under shelter.
  2. A flock of sheep. Hence in a scriptural sense, the church, the flock of the Shepherd of Israel. Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold. John x.
  3. A limit. [Not in use.]

FOLD, n.2 [Sax. feald; Sw. fåll; G. falte; Russ. phalda; but the same word as the preceding.]

  1. The doubling of any flexible substance, as cloth; complication; a plait; one part turned or bent and laid on another; as, a fold of linen.
  2. In composition, the same quantity added; as, two fold, fourfold, ten fold, that is, twice as much, four times as much, ten times as much.

FOLD, v.i.

To close over another of the same kind; as, the leaves of the door fold.


FOLD, v.t. [Sax. fealdan; Goth. faldan; G. falten; Dan. folder; Sw. fålla. Qu. Heb. כפל, Ch. קפל, to double. Class Bl, No. 47, 51. See also No. 22. The primary sense is to fix, or to lay, to set, throw or press together.]

  1. To double; to lap or lay in plaits; as, to fold a piece of cloth.
  2. To double and insert one part in another; as, to fold a letter.
  3. To double or lay together, as the arms. He folds his arms in despair.
  4. To confine sheep in a fold.

Fold
  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.


    [1913 Webster]

    As a vesture shalt thou fold them up. Heb. i. 12.

  2. To become folded, plaited, or doubled; to close over another of the same kind; to double together; as, the leaves of the door fold.

    1 Kings vi. 34.
  3. A doubling,esp. of any flexible substance; a part laid over on another part; a plait; a plication.

    Mummies . . . shrouded in a number of folds of linen. Bacon.

    Folds are most common in the rocks of mountainous regions. J. D. Dana.

  4. An inclosure for sheep; a sheep pen.

    Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold. Milton.

  5. To confine in a fold, as sheep.
  6. To confine sheep in a fold.

    [R.]

    The star that bids the shepherd fold. Milton.

  7. To double or lay together, as the arms or the hands; as, he folds his arms in despair.
  8. Times or repetitions; -- used with numerals, chiefly in composition, to denote multiplication or increase in a geometrical ratio, the doubling, tripling, etc., of anything; as, fourfold, four times, increased in a quadruple ratio, multiplied by four.
  9. A flock of sheep; figuratively, the Church or a church; as, Christ's fold.

    There shall be one fold and one shepherd. John x. 16.

    The very whitest lamb in all my fold. Tennyson.

  10. 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.

  11. That which is folded together, or which infolds or envelops; embrace.

    Shall from your neck unloose his amorous fold. Shak.

    Fold net, a kind of net used in catching birds.

  12. A boundary; a limit.

    [Obs.] Creech.

    Fold yard, an inclosure for sheep or cattle.

  13. To cover or wrap up; to conceal.

    Nor fold my fault in cleanly coined excuses. Shak.

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Fold

FOLD, noun [See the verb, to fold ]

1. A pen or inclosure for sheep; a place where a flock of sheep is kept, whether in the field or under shelter.

2. A flock of sheep. Hence in a scriptural sense, the church, the flock of the Shepherd of Israel.

Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold John 10:16.

3. A limit. [Not in use.]

FOLD, noun

1. The doubling of any flexible substance, as cloth; complication; a plait; one part turned or bent and laid on another; as a fold of linen.

2. In composition, the same quantity added; as two fold four fold ten fold that is, twice as much, four times as much, ten times as much.

FOLD, verb transitive [Heb. The primary sense is to fall, or to lay, to set, throw or press together.]

1. To double; to lap or lay in plaits; as, to fold a piece of cloth.

2. To double and insert one part in another; as, to fold a letter.

3. To double or lay together, as the arms. He folds his arms in despair.

4. To confine sheep in a fold

FOLD, verb intransitive To close over another of the same kind; as, the leaves of the door fold

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