Definition of foil:
- A blunt weapon used in fencing, resembling a smallsword in the main, but usually lighter and having a button at the point.
- A leaf or very thin sheet of metal; as, brass foil; tin foil; gold foil.
- A thin coat of tin, with quicksilver, laid on the back of a looking- glass, to cause reflection.
- 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.
- Anything that serves by contrast of color or quality to adorn or set off another thing to advantage.
- Failure of success when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage.
- 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.
- The track or trail of an animal.
- To blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in chase.
- To defile; to soil.
- To render ( an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat.
- To tread under foot; to trample.
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- defeat (part of speech: verb)
- opponent (part of speech: noun)
And this is perhaps the moment when I may best explain to you the character of what you are to read: I conceive you as a man quite beyond and below the reticences of civility: with what measure you mete, with that shall it be measured you again; with you, at last, I rejoice to feel the button off the foil and to plunge home.- "Father Damien an Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu", Robert Louis Stevenson.
- "Confessions of Boyhood", John Albee.
- "The-Darrow-Enigma", Severy, Melvin Linwood.