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  • n  a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
    the photographic film was wrapped in foil
  • n  anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities
    pretty girls like plain friends as foils
  • 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
  • n  picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
  • n  a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
  • v  enhance by contrast
    In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background
  • v  hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    foil your opponent
  • v  cover or back with foil
    foil mirrors

  • During the war, Germany's Aluminum-werke Tscheulin turned out aluminum foil used by the Nazis to confuse Allied radars.
  • It happened on a drizzly Tuesday in New Jersey, when two Bell Labs scientists demonstrated a tiny contraption they had concocted from some strips of gold foil, a chip of .
  • They missed by the thickness of the sheet of foil in which they wrapped their uranium sample; the foil blocked the fission fragments that their instruments would otherwise have .
News & Articles


  • Osama bin Laden in News24
    Our duty is to foil these dangerous schemes, which try to prevent the establishment of an Islamic state in Iraq, which would be a wall of resistance against American schemes to divide Iraq,Bin Laden said.
  • Barack Obama in CBS News
    In an interview Friday with CBS News' Harry Smith, Mr. Obama said, "The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United...
  • Lindsey Buckingham in CNN
    Afterward, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham told, "I think we were all surprised (Crow) was announcing to the world with such certainty. We have talked about bringing another woman into the scene to kind of give Stevie a sort of foil...

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