What does fold mean?

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  1. (transitive) To bend (any thin material, such as paper) over so that it comes in contact with itself.
  2. (transitive) To make the proper arrangement (in a thin material) by bending.
  3. (intransitive) To become folded; to form folds.
  4. (intransitive, informal) To fall over; to be crushed.
  5. (transitive) To enclose within folded arms (see also enfold).
  6. (intransitive) To give way on a point or in an argument.
  7. (intransitive, poker) To withdraw from betting.
  8. (intransitive, by extension) To withdraw or quit in general.
  9. (transitive, cooking) To stir gently, with a folding action.
  10. (intransitive, business) Of a company, to cease to trade.
  11. To double or lay together, as the arms or the hands.
  12. To cover or wrap up; to conceal.
  1. An act of folding.
  2. A bend or crease.
  3. Any correct move in origami.
  4. (newspapers) The division between the top and bottom halves of a broadsheet: headlines above the fold will be readable in a newsstand display; usually the fold.
  5. (by extension, web design) The division between the part of a web page visible in a web browser window without scrolling; usually the fold.
  6. That which is folded together, or which enfolds or envelops; embrace.
  7. A group of sheep or goats.
  8. A group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church.
  9. A group of people with shared ideas or goals or who live or work together.
  10. (geology) The bending or curving of one or a stack of originally flat and planar surfaces, such as sedimentary strata, as a result of plastic (i.e. permanent) deformation.
  11. (computing) In functional programming, any of a family of higher-order functions that process a data structure recursively to build up a value.
  1. A pen or enclosure for sheep or other domestic animals.
  2. (figuratively) Home, family.
  3. (religion) A church congregation, a church, the Christian church as a whole, the flock of Christ.
  4. (obsolete) A boundary or limit.
  1. To confine animals in a fold.
  1. (dialectal, poetic or obsolete) The Earth; earth; land, country.
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