how to pronounce foil


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foil is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of foil in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… use a specially designed foil tape to …”

meanings of foil


  1. A thin, transparent plastic material on which marks are made and projected for the purposes of presentation. See transparency.
  2. A thin layer of metal put between a jewel and its setting to make it seem more brilliant.
  3. One of the incorrect answers presented in a multiple-choice test.
  4. Failure when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage.
  5. Thin aluminium/aluminum (or, formerly, tin) used for wrapping food.
  6. The track of an animal.
  7. In literature, theatre/theater, etc., a character who helps emphasize the traits of the main character and who usually acts as an opponent or antagonist.
  8. A very thin sword with a blunted (or foiled) tip.
  9. A hydrofoil.
  10. A stylized flower or leaf.
  11. An aerofoil/airfoil.
  12. A very thin sheet of metal.
  13. Anything that acts by contrast to emphasise the characteristics of something.


  1. To tread underfoot; to trample.
  2. To cover or wrap with foil.
  3. To expand a product of two or more algebraic expressions, typically binomials.
  4. To apply the FOIL algorithm to.
  5. To defile; to soil.
  6. To prevent (someone) from accomplishing something.
  7. To blunt; to dull; to spoil.
  8. To prevent (something) from being accomplished.


  1. An acronym for the algorithm for multiplying two binomials.

foil frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word foil occurs in english on average 14.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics foil can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that foil can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

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