from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to leaves.
  • adj. Shaped like a leaf.
  • adj. Geology Foliated.
  • transitive v. To hammer or cut (metal) into thin leaf or foil.
  • transitive v. To coat (glass, for example) with metal foil.
  • transitive v. To furnish or adorn with metal foil.
  • transitive v. To separate into thin layers or laminae.
  • transitive v. To decorate with foliage or foils: an arch that is foliated in the Gothic style.
  • transitive v. To number the leaves of (a manuscript, for example).
  • intransitive v. To produce foliage.
  • intransitive v. To split into thin leaflike layers or folia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to leaves
  • adj. shaped like a leaf
  • adj. foliated
  • v. To form into leaves.
  • v. To beat into a leaf, or thin plate.
  • v. To spread over with a thin coat of tin and quicksilver.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Furnished with leaves; leafy; as, a foliate stalk.
  • transitive v. To beat into a leaf, or thin plate.
  • transitive v. To spread over with a thin coat of tin and quicksilver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat into a leaf, thin plate, or lamina; shape or dispose like a leaf; divide into foils or leaves.
  • To spread over with a thin coat of tin and quicksilver, etc.: as, to foliate a looking-glass.
  • Beaten into the form of a leaf or thin plate; foliated.
  • In botany, leafy; furnished with leaves: as, a foliate stalk.
  • In zoology, expanded in a leaf-like form; foliaceous.
  • In architecture: To adorn by means of foliation. See foliation, 7.
  • To divide, as an arch, into smaller arches or foils. See foil, 7.
  • Arranged in foliations: said of a pattern: divided into foliations: said of a bounding line or outline.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. hammer into thin flat foils
  • adj. (especially of metamorphic rock) having thin leaflike layers or strata
  • v. decorate with leaves
  • v. number the pages of a book or manuscript
  • adj. ornamented with foliage or foils
  • v. grow leaves
  • adj. (often used as a combining form) having or resembling a leaf or having a specified kind or number of leaves
  • v. coat or back with metal foil


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin foliātus, bearing foliage, from folium, leaf; see folium.


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