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Dictionary definition for: Foil

1. (n) a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic film was wrapped in foil"

2. (v) enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"

3. (n) anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing''s good qualities; "pretty girls like plain friends as foils"

4. (v) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth''s amazing September surge" "foil your opponent"

5. (n) 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; "the fins of a fish act as hydrofoils"

6. (v) cover or back with foil; "foil mirrors"

7. (n) picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector

8. (n) a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button

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