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foliation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Foliation  \Fo"li*a"tion\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  foliation.] 
  1.  The  process  of  forming  into  a  leaf  or  leaves. 
 
  2.  The  manner  in  which  the  young  leaves  are  dispo?ed  within 
  the  bud. 
 
  The  .  .  .  foliation  must  be  in  relation  to  the  stem. 
  --De  Quincey. 
 
  3.  The  act  of  beating  a  metal  into  a  thin  plate,  leaf,  foil, 
  or  lamina. 
 
  4.  The  act  of  coating  with  an  amalgam  of  tin  foil  and 
  quicksilver,  as  in  making  looking-glasses. 
 
  5.  (Arch.)  The  enrichment  of  an  opening  by  means  of  foils, 
  arranged  in  trefoils,  quatrefoils,  etc.;  also  one  of  the 
  ornaments.  See  {Tracery}. 
 
  6.  (Geol.)  The  property,  possessed  by  some  crystalline  rocks, 
  of  dividing  into  plates  or  slabs,  which  is  due  to  the 
  cleavage  structure  of  one  of  the  constituents,  as  mica  or 
  hornblende.  It  may  sometimes  include  slaty  structure  or 
  cleavage,  though  the  latter  is  usually  independent  of  any 
  mineral  constituent,  and  transverse  to  the  bedding,  it 
  having  been  produced  by  pressure. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  foliation 
  n  1:  the  process  of  forming  leaves  [syn:  {leafing}] 
  2:  the  arrangement  of  leaflike  layers  in  a  rock 
  3:  (architecture)  leaf-like  decoration  [syn:  {foliage}] 




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