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Meaning of foil

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  foil
      n 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" [syn: {foil}, {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 hydrofoils" [syn:
         {hydrofoil}, {foil}]
      4: picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a
         transparent base; viewed with a projector [syn: {foil},
         {transparency}]
      5: a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
      v 1: enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are
           foiled against the background"
      2: hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What
         ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing
         September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: {thwart},
         {queer}, {spoil}, {scotch}, {foil}, {cross}, {frustrate},
         {baffle}, {bilk}]
      3: cover or back with foil; "foil mirrors"


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