Definitions of foil

  1. To tread under foot; to trample.
  2. To render ( an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat.
  3. To blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in chase.
  4. To defile; to soil.
  5. To baffle or frustrate; defeat.
  6. To defeat; to puzzle; to disappoint:- pr. p. foiling; pa. p. foiled.
  7. To baffle; disappoint.
  8. To render ineffectual; frustrate; balk.
  9. cover or back with foil; " foil mirrors"
  10. To frustrate; to defeat; to baffle; to blunt; to dull.
  11. To frustrate; to defeat; to baffle; to render unavailing.
  12. anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities; " pretty girls like plain friends as foils"
  13. a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
  14. a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; " the photographic film was wrapped in foil"
  15. Failure of success when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage.
  16. A blunt weapon used in fencing, resembling a smallsword in the main, but usually lighter and having a button at the point.
  17. The track or trail of an animal.
  18. A leaf or very thin sheet of metal; as, brass foil; tin foil; gold foil.
  19. Anything that serves by contrast of color or quality to adorn or set off another thing to advantage.
  20. A thin coat of tin, with quicksilver, laid on the back of a looking- glass, to cause reflection.
  21. A thin leaf of sheet copper silvered and burnished, and afterwards coated with transparent colors mixed with isinglass; - employed by jewelers to give color or brilliancy to pastes and inferior stones.
  22. A long thin fencing weapon with a button on the end; the trail of hunted game; a thin plate, or sheet of metal; a contrast to set something off to advantage; a small arc in the tracery of a Gothic window, etc.
  23. Failure after success seemed certain; defeat.
  24. A blunt sword used in fencing.
  25. A leaf or thin plate of metal, as tin- foil; a thin leaf of metal put under precious stones to increase their lustre or change their color; anything that serves to set off something else.
  26. Blunt sword used in fencing; thin leaf of metal; metallic leaf set under gems; anything that sets off another.
  27. Defeat; failure.
  28. Metal in very thin sheets, as on the back of a mirror.
  29. A leaf - like division in architectural ornamentation.
  30. A sword - like implement, with a button on its end, used in fencing.
  31. Defeat; the failure of success when on the point of being secured; a blunt sword, or one that has a button at the end covered with leather, used in fencing; the track or trail of game when pursued.
  32. A leaf or thin plate of metal, as, tin- foil; a small rounded leaf- like form in window tracery; among jewellers, a thin leaf of metal placed under precious stones to increase their brilliancy; anything of another colour, or of different quality, which serves to set off another thing to advantage; a thin coat of tin with quicksilver, laid on the back of a mirror to cause reflection.
  33. Defeat; frustration.
  34. The blunted weapon used in fencing or in learning the sword exercise.
  35. A thin leaf of metal, as tin- foil, silver- foil, & c.; a piece of gold or silver leaf set behind a gem to give it colour or lustre; anything used for showing another object to advantage; in arch., one of the small arcs in the tracery of Gothic windows, panels, & c.