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Noun: foil  foyl
  1. A piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
    "the photographic film was wrapped in foil"
  2. Anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities
    "pretty girls like plain friends as foils";
    - enhancer
  3. 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 foils";
    - hydrofoil
  4. Picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
    - transparency
  5. (fencing) a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
Verb: foil  foyl
  1. Enhance by contrast
    "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"
  2. Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    "foil your opponent";
    - thwart, queer [informal], spoil, scotch, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk [informal], scupper [informal]
  3. Cover or back with foil
    "foil mirrors"

Derived forms: foiled, foils, foiling

Type of: attention, contrast, counterpoint, cover, device, fencing sword, forbid, foreclose, forestall, icon, ikon, image, picture, preclude, prevent, sheet metal

Encyclopedia: Foil, Missouri