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 (fō′lē-ĭt, -āt′)
1. Of or relating to leaves.
2. Shaped like a leaf.
3. also fo·li·at·ed (-ā′tĭd) Geology Exhibiting foliation.
v. (-āt′) fo·li·at·ed, fo·li·at·ing, fo·li·ates
1. To hammer or cut (metal) into thin leaf or foil.
a. To coat (glass, for example) with metal foil.
b. To furnish or adorn with metal foil.
3. To separate into thin layers or laminae.
4. To decorate with foliage or foils: an arch that is foliated in the Gothic style.
5. To number the leaves of (a manuscript, for example).
1. To produce foliage.
2. To split into thin leaflike layers or folia.

[Latin foliātus, bearing foliage, from folium, leaf; see folium.]
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1. (Botany)
a. relating to, possessing, or resembling leaves
b. in combination: trifoliate.
2. (Geological Science) (of certain metamorphic rocks, esp schists) having the constituent minerals arranged in thin leaflike layers
3. (Architecture) (tr) to ornament with foliage or with leaf forms such as foils
4. (Metallurgy) to hammer or cut (metal) into thin plates or foil
5. (Ceramics) (tr) to coat or back (glass, etc) with metal foil
6. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (tr) to number the leaves of (a book, manuscript, etc). Compare paginate
7. (Botany) (intr) (of plants) to grow leaves
[C17: from Latin foliātus leaved, leafy]
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(adj. ˈfoʊ li ɪt, -ˌeɪt; v. -ˌeɪt)

adj., v. -at•ed, -at•ing. adj.
1. covered with or having leaves.
2. like a leaf, as in shape.
4. to put forth leaves.
5. to split into thin leaflike layers or laminae.
6. to shape like a leaf or leaves.
7. to decorate with foils or foliage.
8. to form into thin sheets.
9. to spread over with a thin metallic backing.
10. to number the folios or leaves of (a manuscript or book).
[1620–30; < Latin foliātus. See folium, -ate1]
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Past participle: foliated
Gerund: foliating

I foliate
you foliate
he/she/it foliates
we foliate
you foliate
they foliate
I foliated
you foliated
he/she/it foliated
we foliated
you foliated
they foliated
Present Continuous
I am foliating
you are foliating
he/she/it is foliating
we are foliating
you are foliating
they are foliating
Present Perfect
I have foliated
you have foliated
he/she/it has foliated
we have foliated
you have foliated
they have foliated
Past Continuous
I was foliating
you were foliating
he/she/it was foliating
we were foliating
you were foliating
they were foliating
Past Perfect
I had foliated
you had foliated
he/she/it had foliated
we had foliated
you had foliated
they had foliated
I will foliate
you will foliate
he/she/it will foliate
we will foliate
you will foliate
they will foliate
Future Perfect
I will have foliated
you will have foliated
he/she/it will have foliated
we will have foliated
you will have foliated
they will have foliated
Future Continuous
I will be foliating
you will be foliating
he/she/it will be foliating
we will be foliating
you will be foliating
they will be foliating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been foliating
you have been foliating
he/she/it has been foliating
we have been foliating
you have been foliating
they have been foliating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been foliating
you will have been foliating
he/she/it will have been foliating
we will have been foliating
you will have been foliating
they will have been foliating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been foliating
you had been foliating
he/she/it had been foliating
we had been foliating
you had been foliating
they had been foliating
I would foliate
you would foliate
he/she/it would foliate
we would foliate
you would foliate
they would foliate
Past Conditional
I would have foliated
you would have foliated
he/she/it would have foliated
we would have foliated
you would have foliated
they would have foliated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.foliate - hammer into thin flat foils; "foliate metal"
forge, hammer - create by hammering; "hammer the silver into a bowl"; "forge a pair of tongues"
2.foliate - decorate with leaves
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
3.foliate - coat or back with metal foil; "foliate glass"
coat, surface - put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface; "coat the cake with chocolate"
4.foliate - number the pages of a book or manuscript
number - give numbers to; "You should number the pages of the thesis"
5.foliate - grow leaves; "the tree foliated in Spring"
make grow, develop - cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development; "The perfect climate here develops the grain"; "He developed a new kind of apple"
Adj.1.foliate - ornamented with foliage or foils; "foliate tracery"; "a foliated capital"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
2.foliate - (often used as a combining form) having or resembling a leaf or having a specified kind or number of leaves; "`foliate' is combined with the prefix `tri' to form the word `trifoliate'"
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
leafy - having or covered with leaves; "leafy trees"; "leafy vegetables"
3.foliate - (especially of metamorphic rock) having thin leaflike layers or strata
bedded, stratified - deposited or arranged in horizontal layers; "stratified rock"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
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