Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to leaves.
  • adjective Shaped like a leaf.
  • adjective Geology Exhibiting foliation.
  • intransitive verb To hammer or cut (metal) into thin leaf or foil.
  • intransitive verb To coat (glass, for example) with metal foil.
  • intransitive verb To furnish or adorn with metal foil.
  • intransitive verb To separate into thin layers or laminae.
  • intransitive verb To decorate with foliage or foils.
  • intransitive verb To number the leaves of (a manuscript, for example).
  • intransitive verb To produce foliage.
  • intransitive verb To split into thin leaflike layers or folia.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Arranged in foliations: said of a pattern: divided into foliations: said of a bounding line or outline.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To beat into a leaf, or thin plate.
  • transitive verb To spread over with a thin coat of tin and quicksilver.
  • adjective (Bot.) Furnished with leaves; leafy; as, a foliate stalk.
  • adjective (Geom.) Same as Folium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

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

Examples

  • The action plates, which are engraved in foliate scroll, can have either a multicolored case-hardened finish or a flat-silver coin finish.

    Double-Gun Lust

  • The capitals topping the pillars are of a simple foliate style.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • Until the original Doric column was conceived and built, all temple pillars had been trees, and the fluted stone, with its foliate embellishment below the roof, audaciously mimicked them.

    Wildwood

  • Somehow the names added to the beauty of the plants like the foliate illuminations on the initial letters of medieval manuscripts, or honeysuckle spiralling up a living tree.

    Wildwood

  • Pigeons glide through foliate passageways, search for scraps at the feet of three old women on a bench, two in black, one in flowers and dots.

    Rittenhouse Square: excert from work-in-progress

  • Until the original Doric column was conceived and built, all temple pillars had been trees, and the fluted stone, with its foliate embellishment below the roof, audaciously mimicked them.

    Wildwood

  • Pigeons glide through foliate passageways, search for scraps at the feet of three old women on a bench, two in black, one in flowers and dots.

    Rittenhouse Square: excert from work-in-progress

  • Somehow the names added to the beauty of the plants like the foliate illuminations on the initial letters of medieval manuscripts, or honeysuckle spiralling up a living tree.

    Wildwood

  • One is from there free to hang the spatial surfaces on this framework as one want (shift functions) and how they foliate together (lapse functions).

    Does Space Expand?

  • The dusty pink dress, featuring layered tulle with sequins and metallic pink and silver foliate embroidery, was originally made for Suzanne Godart Cella, a couture collector and children's clothing designer.

    A Piece of Yves Saint Laurent

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  • Leaf-shaped.

    November 14, 2007