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  1. [noun] a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic film was wrapped in foil"

  2. [noun] anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities; "pretty girls like plain friends as foils"
    Synonyms: enhancer

  3. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: hydro

  4. [noun] picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
    Synonyms: transparency

  5. [noun] a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button

  6. [verb] enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"

  7. [verb] hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
    Synonyms: thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk

  8. [verb] cover or back with foil; "foil mirrors"


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