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Meaning of FOIL in English
  1. anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities
  2. a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
  3. a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
  4. picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
  5. 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
  6. enhance by contrast
  7. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  8. cover or back with foil
  9. To tread under foot; to trample.
  10. To render (an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat.
  11. To blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in chase.
  12. To defile; to soil.
  13. Failure of success when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage.
  14. A blunt weapon used in fencing, resembling a smallsword in the main, but usually lighter and having a button at the point.
  15. The track or trail of an animal.
  16. A leaf or very thin sheet of metal; as, brass foil; tin foil; gold foil.
  17. A thin leaf of sheet copper silvered and burnished, and afterwards coated with transparent colors mixed with isinglass;
  18. Anything that serves by contrast of color or quality to adorn or set off another thing to advantage.
  19. A thin coat of tin, with quicksilver, laid on the back of a looking-glass, to cause reflection.
  20. 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 Sentence, Example and Usage

Examples and usage of FOIL in prose and poetry

To better understand the meaning of FOIL, certain examples of its usage are presented.Examples from famous English prose on the use of the word FOIL

  1. "The crate upon which i sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between layers of lead foil"

    The word/phrase 'foil' was used by 'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle' in 'The complete sherlock holmes'.
  2. "Those dark, purple-faced people are an excellent foil"

    'George Eliot' has used the foil in the novel Middlemarch.
Usage of "FOIL": Examples from famous English Poetry

  1. "Nor in the glistering foil"
    - This term foil was used by John Milton in the Poem Lycidas.

Usage of "FOIL" in sentences

  1. "Foil your opponent"

  2. "The photographic film was wrapped in foil"

  3. "Foil mirrors"

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