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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FOLD

Whip the cream until it is stiff and fold this into the mixture.

Dredge the fruits and nuts with flour and fold them into the mixture.

Beat the whites stiff and fold them carefully into the sauce.

Each phrase of the dialogue reveals her soul, dark fold on fold.

In other words, and to be concrete, put these things in the car while I fold the blanket.

If Marion had come of a believing family, she could have brought me back into the fold.

Every grain sowed yielded on an average a hundred and twenty fold.

If your omelet is to be sweet, before you fold it put in a layer of preserves.

She dropped the lace in her basket and began to fold the garment.

Lay a little of the stuffing in each kidney and fold it over.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English faldan (Mercian), fealdan (West Saxon), transitive, "to bend cloth back over itself," class VII strong verb (past tense feold, past participle fealden), from Proto-Germanic *falthan, *faldan (cf. Middle Dutch vouden, Dutch vouwen, Old Norse falda, Middle Low German volden, Old High German faldan, German falten, Gothic falþan).

The Germanic words are from PIE *pel-to- (cf. Sanskrit putah "fold, pocket," Albanian pale "fold," Middle Irish alt "a joint," Lithuanian pleta "I plait"), from root *pel- (3) "to fold" (cf. Greek ploos "fold," Latin -plus).

The weak form developed from 15c. In late Old English also of the arms. Intransitive sense, "become folded" is from c.1300 (of the body or limbs); earlier "give way, fail" (mid-13c.). Sense of "to yield to pressure" is from late 14c. Related: Folded; folding.

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