Synonyms of foil


1. foil, sheet metal

usage: a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal; "the photographic film was wrapped in foil"

2. foil, enhancer, attention

usage: anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities; "pretty girls like plain friends as foils"

3. hydrofoil, foil, device

usage: a device consisting of a flat or curved piece (as a metal plate) so that its surface reacts to the water it is passing through; "the fins of a fish act as hydrofoils"

4. foil, transparency, picture, image, icon, ikon

usage: picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector

5. foil, fencing sword

usage: a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button


1. foil, contrast, counterpoint

usage: enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"

2. thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk, prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid

usage: hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

3. foil, cover

usage: cover or back with foil; "foil mirrors"

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