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Noun foil has 5 senses
  1. foil - a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic film was wrapped in foil"
    --1 is a kind of
    sheet metal
    --1 has particulars:
     aluminum foil, aluminium foil, tin foil; chaff; gold foil; tinfoil, tin foil
    Derived forms: verb foil3, verb foliate1, verb foliate3
  2. foil, enhancer - anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities; "pretty girls like plain friends as foils"
    --2 is a kind of attention
    Derived form: verb foil1
  3. hydrofoil, foil - 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"
    --3 is a kind of device
  4. foil, transparency - picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
    --4 is a kind of picture, image, icon, ikon
    --4 has particulars: slide, lantern slide; viewgraph, overhead
  5. foil - a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
    --5 is a kind of
    fencing sword
Verb foil has 3 senses
  1. foil - enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"
    --1 is one way to
    contrast, counterpoint
    Derived form: noun foil2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  2. thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
    --2 is one way to prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid
    Derived form: noun foiling1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  3. foil - cover or back with foil; "foil mirrors"
    --3 is one way to
    Derived form: noun foil1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
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