• (v. t.) To tread under foot; to trample.
  • (v. t.) To render (an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat.
  • (v. t.) To blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in chase.
  • (v. t.) To defile; to soil.
  • (n.) Failure of success when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage.
  • (n.) A blunt weapon used in fencing, resembling a smallsword in the main, but usually lighter and having a button at the point.
  • (n.) The track or trail of an animal.
  • (n.) A leaf or very thin sheet of metal; as, brass foil; tin foil; gold foil.
  • (n.) A thin leaf of sheet copper silvered and burnished, and afterwards coated with transparent colors mixed with isinglass; -- employed by jewelers to give color or brilliancy to pastes and inferior stones.
  • (n.) Anything that serves by contrast of color or quality to adorn or set off another thing to advantage.
  • (n.) A thin coat of tin, with quicksilver, laid on the back of a looking-glass, to cause reflection.
  • (n.) The space between the cusps in Gothic architecture; a rounded or leaflike ornament, in windows, niches, etc. A group of foils is called trefoil, quatrefoil, quinquefoil, etc., according to the number of arcs of which it is composed.

Compare foil with other words:

foil vs. roil

foil vs. foin

foil vs. interrupt

coil vs. foil

foil vs. fowl

boil vs. foil

foil vs. foul

foil vs. toil

foil vs. fool

foal vs. foil

fil vs. foil

foil vs. oil

foil vs. soil

fiasco vs. foil

antagonist vs. foil

foil vs. stop

dialogue vs. foil

foil vs. foiler

foil vs. foinery

foil vs. papillote

foil vs. frustrate

foil vs. sabre

film vs. foil

defeat vs. foil

foil vs. sheet

foil vs. prevent

fail vs. foil

foil vs. lametta

blench vs. foil

foil vs. foiling

foil vs. paradox

balk vs. foil

foil vs. intercept

discomfit vs. foil

electroscope vs. foil

foil vs. juxtaposition

foil vs. waster

foil vs. foliation

blunt vs. foil

animal vs. foil

foil vs. spoor

foil vs. track

foil vs. thwart

foil vs. scupper

accomplished vs. foil

foil vs. trefoil

foil vs. quatrefoil

counterfoil vs. foil

cinquefoil vs. foil

airfoil vs. foil

foil vs. leaf

flower vs. foil

foil vs. transparency

emphasize vs. foil

character vs. foil

foil vs. setting

aluminum vs. foil

foil vs. jewel

aluminium vs. foil

foil vs. scotch

binomial vs. foil

foil vs. multiply

algorithm vs. foil

foil vs. sword

blade vs. foil

button vs. foil