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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FOLDED

Not until there was a convulsive jerk of Dozier's elbow did he stir his folded arms.

He folded the letter, laid it down by the side of his plate, and began to eat again.

She folded her white arms and prepared to think over all these things.

Then he spread out his two bags, folded them together again, and then again.

The boy drew himself up, and folded his arms across his breast.

Linda folded her slim hands on the table and leaned forward.

He drew from his pocket the folded sheet and handed it to Marian.

He took a crumpled sheet, that had been smoothed and folded carefully, from his pocket.

Her arms were folded on the table, and her head was lying on her arms.

She leaned forward on her folded arms over the side of the sofa.

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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