NounFoil (countable and uncountable; plural foils)
- A very thin sheet of metal.
- (uncountable) Thin aluminium/aluminum (or, formerly, tin) used for wrapping food.
- A thin layer of metal put between a jewel and its setting to make it seem more brilliant.
- (figuratively) In literature, theatre/theater, etc, a character who helps emphasize the traits of the main character.
- (figuratively) Anything that acts to emphasise the characteristics of something.
- (fencing) A very thin sword with a blunted (or foiled) tip
- A thin, transparent plastic material on which marks are made and projected for the purposes of presentation. See transparency.
- (heraldry) A stylized flower or leaf.
- Shortened form of hydrofoil.
- Shortened form of aerofoil/airfoil.
- (hunting) The track of an animal.
Adjectives for Foil
glistening; glittering; gleaming; sharp; glinting; swift.
Synonyms for Foil
- (thin aluminium/aluminum): aluminium foil, silver foil, silver paper, tin foil
- (prevent from being accomplished): put the kibosh on, scupper, thwart
- (track of an animal): spoor
- balk, check, circumvent, disappoint, defeat, frustrate.
Antonyms for Foil
Roscius, actor, actress, antagonist, antipode, antipodes, antipole, antithesis, antonym, background, background detail, bad guy, baffle, bafflement, balk, balking, barnstormer, beat, bilbo, bilk, blast, brave, broadsword, buffalo, cast down, challenge, character, character actor, character man, character woman, check, checkmate, child actor, circumvent, claymore, coat, coating, collop, confound, confounding, confront, confusion, contra, contravene, converse, counter, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck, countermand, counterpoint, counterpoise, counterpole, counterterm, counterwork, covering, cross, curb, cut, cutlass, dash, daunt, deal, deceive, decorative composition, decorative style, defeat, defeat expectation, defy, design, destroy, detail, disappoint, discomfit, discomfiture, disconcert, disconcertion, discountenance, diseur, diseuse, dish, disillusion, disk, disrupt, dissatisfy, dramatizer, elude, embarrass, epee, evade, falchion, faze, feeder, feuille, figure, film, flake, flap, flummox, foiling, fold, foreground detail, form, frustrate, frustration, get around, get round, give the runaround, give the slip, glaive, go one better, hamper, heavy, histrio, histrion, impede, ingenue, inverse, juvenile, knock the chocks, lamella, lamina, laminated glass, laminated wood, lamination, lap, layer, leaf, let down, matinee idol, membrane, mime, mimer, mimic, monologist, motif, mummer, national style, nonplus, nullify, obverse, offset, opposite, opposite number, ornamental motif, outfigure, outflank, outgeneral, outguess, outmaneuver, outplay, outreach, outsmart, outwit, overreach, pane, panel, pantomime, pantomimist, parry, pass the buck, patina, pattern, peel, pellicle, period style, perplex, plait, plank, plate, plating, playactor, player, ply, plywood, protean actor, rapier, rasher, rattle, rebuff, reciter, repeated figure, repulse, restrain, reversal, reverse, rout, ruin, saber, sabotage, safety glass, scale, scimitar, scotch, scum, setback, setoff, setting, sheet, skin, slab, slat, slice, soubrette, spike, spoil, stage performer, stage player, stonewall, stooge, straight man, stroller, strolling player, stump, style, table, tablet, tantalize, tease, the contrary, the other side, theatrical, theme, thespian, thwart, thwarting, touch, trouper, tuck, upset, utility man, veneer, victimize, villain, vis-a-vis, wafer
From mnemonic acronym FOIL (“First Outside Inside Last”).