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

  • intransitive verb To fold inward.
  • intransitive verb To enfold.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To inclose within a fold.
  • To wrap up or inwrap; involve; inclose.
  • To clasp with the arms; embrace.

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

  • transitive verb To wrap up or cover with folds; to envelop; to inwrap; to inclose; to involve.
  • transitive verb To clasp with the arms; to embrace.

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

  • verb transitive To fold inwards.
  • verb transitive To wrap up or inwrap; involve; inclose; enfold or envelop.
  • verb transitive To clasp with the arms; embrace.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From in- +‎ fold.


  • However much the press behaves as though the latest breaking news is something that's never happened before, ifaddictive news watching teaches us anything, it's that the same dramas infold everywhere.

    Mulling the Mullahs

  • 'No, my dearest Child, no! I lament only that I took you not at once to your proper security – to these arms, my Camilla, that now so fondly infold you! to this bosom – my darling girl! where my heart beats your welcome!'


  • How in the next couple of days will that unfold, how these protests will infold, how General Musharraf will work this problem, what actions he may take, what actions he may defer.

    CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2007

  • Vertue, say her slumbers marre _Iberias_ auncient valure, and infold Her wondred puissance, and her glorious deeds, In cowards habit, and ignoble weeds.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • As will be seen, the scalar component of the quaternion can infold and capture the stress energy of a zero-translation-resultant electromagnetic stress system, which constitutes the capture of an electrogravitational potential.

    Chapter 4

  • Ah, there was my error, -- the shackling vines would grow again, and infold the marble image that had consecrated the forest-glooms; there is the flaw in all my work, -- I have shorn, but have never uprooted an evil.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 67, May, 1863

  • From this it is manifest that this society cannot hope to infold, or at least to organically bind to itself, men whose objects of research are so diverse.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888

  • A great hush brooded around; and yet not so awful was that intense stillness as the solemn calm which seemed to infold the quiet figure sitting so silently in the midst.

    Aunt Judith The Story of a Loving Life

  • All around the pines rose straight and tall, like gaunt giant forms flinging out long, skeleton arms eager to infold them in a cruel clasp.

    Two Little Travellers A Story for Girls

  • Across the bay the hills rise beautiful and purple-blue through the evening glow, throwing out encircling arms around the villages dotted thick and white along their base, as the arms of a mother are open wide to infold her nestling children.

    Two Little Travellers A Story for Girls


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