fold

To fold is to crease or bend something over so it covers part of itself. Before you put your clean sheets and towels away in the closet, you should probably fold them.

Some people drop their clothes on the floor at the end of the day, while others neatly fold theirs. You can call the crease in a folded piece of paper or pillow case a fold too. There are several ways to fold, including to gently mix ingredients, incorporating them without stirring; and to drop out of a poker hand, laying your cards down on the table.

Primary Meanings of fold

1.
vn
bend or lay so that one part covers the other
the act of folding
2.
nv
a pen for sheep
confine in a fold, like sheep
3.
v
cease to operate or cause to cease operating
4.
v
incorporate a food ingredient into a mixture by repeatedly turning it over without stirring or beating
Full Definitions of fold
1

v bend or lay so that one part covers the other

fold up the newspaper”
Synonyms:
fold up, turn up
Antonyms:
open, spread, spread out, unfold
spread out or open from a closed or folded state
Types:
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pleat, plicate
fold into pleats, "Pleat the cloth"
crease, furrow, wrinkle
make wrinkled or creased
crease, crinkle, crisp, ruckle, scrunch, scrunch up, wrinkle
make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in
corrugate
fold into ridges
pleat, ruffle
pleat or gather into a ruffle
tuck
make a tuck or several folds in
crimp, pinch
make ridges into by pinching together
cross
fold so as to resemble a cross
collapse
fold or close up
cockle, crumple, knit, pucker, rumple
to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
pucker, ruck, ruck up
become wrinkled or drawn together
deflate
collapse by releasing contained air or gas
flute
form flutes in
concertina
collapse like a concertina
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

v become folded or folded up

“The bed folds in a jiffy”
Synonyms:
fold up
Types:
crease, crinkle, crumple, rumple, wrinkle
become wrinkled or crumpled or creased
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

n the act of folding

“he gave the napkins a double fold
Synonyms:
folding
Types:
pleating, plication
the act of folding in parallel folds
Type of:
change of shape
an action that changes the shape of something

n an angular or rounded shape made by folding

“a fold in the napkin”
Synonyms:
bend, crease, crimp, flexure, plication
Types:
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plait, pleat
any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
kink, twirl, twist
a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
pucker, ruck
an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth)
box pleat
a flat double pleat made by folding under the fabric on either side of it
inverted pleat
a box pleat reversed so that the fullness is turned inward
kick pleat
pleat in back of a straight skirt to allow ease in walking
knife pleat
a single pleat turned in one direction
tuck
a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place
Type of:
angular shape, angularity
a shape having one or more sharp angles

n a folded part (as in skin or muscle)

Synonyms:
plica
Types:
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epicanthic fold, epicanthus
a vertical fold of skin over the nasal canthus; normal for Mongolian peoples; sometimes occurs in Down's syndrome
plica vocalis, vocal band, vocal cord, vocal fold
either of two pairs of folds of mucous membrane projecting into the larynx
ruga
(anatomy) a fold or wrinkle or crease
tentorium
(anatomy) a fold of dura mater that covers the cerebellum and supports the occipital lobes of the cerebrum
false vocal cord, false vocal fold, superior vocal cord, ventricular fold, vestibular fold
either of the upper two vocal cords that are not involved in vocalization
inferior vocal cord, inferior vocal fold, true vocal cord, true vocal fold
either of the two lower vocal folds that come together to form the glottis; produce a vocal tone when they are approximated and air from the lungs passes between them
Type of:
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing

n a geological process that causes a bend in a stratum of rock

Synonyms:
folding
Type of:
geologic process, geological process
(geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified
2

n a pen for sheep

Synonyms:
sheep pen, sheepcote, sheepfold
Type of:
pen
an enclosure for confining livestock

n a group of sheep or goats

Synonyms:
flock
Type of:
animal group
a group of animals

n a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church

Synonyms:
congregation, faithful
Types:
flock
a church congregation guided by a pastor
Type of:
social group
people sharing some social relation

v confine in a fold, like sheep

Synonyms:
pen up
Type of:
confine, hold, restrain
to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
3

v cease to operate or cause to cease operating

Synonyms:
close, close down, close up, shut down
Antonyms:
open, open up
start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
Types:
adjourn, retire, withdraw
break from a meeting or gathering
prorogue
adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body
4

v incorporate a food ingredient into a mixture by repeatedly turning it over without stirring or beating

Fold the egg whites into the batter”
Type of:
incorporate, integrate
make into a whole or make part of a whole

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