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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Foil  \Foil\  (foil),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Foiled}  (foild);  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Foiling}.]  [F.  fouler  to  tread  or  trample  under 
  one's  feet,  to  press,  oppress.  See  {Full},  v.  t.] 
  1.  To  tread  under  foot;  to  trample. 
 
  King  Richard  .  .  .  caused  the  ensigns  of  Leopold  to 
  be  pulled  down  and  foiled  under  foot.  --Knoless. 
 
  Whom  he  did  all  to  pieces  breake  and  foyle,  In 
  filthy  durt,  and  left  so  in  the  loathely  soyle. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  To  render  (an  effort  or  attempt)  vain  or  nugatory;  to 
  baffle;  to  outwit;  to  balk;  to  frustrate;  to  defeat. 
 
  And  by  ?  mortal  man  at  length  am  foiled.  --Dryden. 
 
  Her  long  locks  that  foil  the  painter's  power. 
  --Byron. 
 
  3.  To  blunt;  to  dull;  to  spoil;  as  to  foil  the  scent  in 
  chase.  --Addison. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  foiled 
  adj  :  disappointingly  unsuccessful;  "disappointed  expectations  and 
  thwarted  ambitions";  "their  foiled  attempt  to  capture 
  Calais";  "many  frustrated  poets  end  as  pipe-smoking 
  teachers";  "his  best  efforts  were  thwarted"  [syn:  {defeated}, 
  {disappointed},  {discomfited},  {frustrated},  {thwarted}] 




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