Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
fealdan; akin to OHG.
falþan, cf. Gr.
puṭaa fold. Cf.
To lap or lay in plaits or folds; to lay one part over another part of; to double;
As a vesture shalt thou
Heb. i. 12.
To double or lay together, as the arms or the hands;
foldshis arms in despair
To inclose within folds or plaitings; to envelop; to infold; to clasp; to embrace.
folded in sorrow.
We will descend and
foldhim in our arms.
To cover or wrap up; to conceal.
foldmy fault in cleanly coined excuses.
To become folded, plaited, or doubled; to close over another of the same kind; to double together;
as, the leaves of the door.
1 Kings vi. 34.
In sense 2 AS.
-feald, akin to
A doubling,esp. of any flexible substance; a part laid over on another part; a plait; a plication.
Mummies . . . shrouded in a number of
Foldsare most common in the rocks of mountainous regions.
J. D. Dana.
Times or repetitions; – used with numerals, chiefly in composition, to denote multiplication or increase in a geometrical ratio, the doubling, tripling, etc., of anything;
fold, four times, increased in a quadruple ratio, multiplied by four
That which is folded together, or which infolds or envelops; embrace.
Shall from your neck unloose his amorous
a kind of net used in catching birds.
An inclosure for sheep; a sheep pen.
Leaps o’er the fence with ease into the
A flock of sheep; figuratively, the Church or a church;
There shall be one
foldand one shepherd.
John x. 16.
The very whitest lamb in all my
A boundary; a limit.
an inclosure for sheep or cattle.
To confine in a fold, as sheep.
To confine sheep in a fold.
The star that bids the shepherd
Webster 1828 Edition
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.]
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.
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.