Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun foil

5 senses of foil

Sense 1
foil -- (a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic film was wrapped in foil")
       => sheet metal -- (sheet of metal formed into a thin plate)

Sense 2
foil, enhancer -- (anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities; "pretty girls like plain friends as foils")
       => attention -- (a general interest that leads people to want to know more; "She was the center of attention")

Sense 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")
       => device -- (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water")

Sense 4
foil, transparency -- (picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector)
       => picture, image, icon, ikon -- (a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them")

Sense 5
foil -- (a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button)
       => fencing sword -- (a sword used in the sport of fencing)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb foil

3 senses of foil

Sense 1
foil -- (enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background")
       => contrast, counterpoint -- (to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities")

Sense 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")
       => prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid -- (keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project")

Sense 3
foil -- (cover or back with foil; "foil mirrors")
       => cover -- (provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers")

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