(n.) The trunk or stem of a tree, or that which is like it.
(n.) An aperture, with a wooden shutter, in the wall of a house, for giving, occasionally, air or light; also, a small closet.
(n.) A measure. See Boll, n., 2.
(n.) Any one of several varieties of friable earthy clay, usually colored more or less strongly red by oxide of iron, and used to color and adulterate various substances. It was formerly used in medicine. It is composed essentially of hydrous silicates of alumina, or more rarely of magnesia. See Clay, and Terra alba.
(n.) The pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton; a pericarp of a globular form.
(n.) A Scotch measure, formerly in use: for wheat and beans it contained four Winchester bushels; for oats, barley, and potatoes, six bushels. A boll of meal is 140 lbs. avoirdupois. Also, a measure for salt of two bushels.
(v. i.) To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.
(n.) A flock of sheep; figuratively, the Church or a church; as, Christ's fold.
(n.) A boundary; a limit.
(v.) A doubling,esp. of any flexible substance; a part laid over on another part; a plait; a plication.
(v.) Times or repetitions; -- used with numerals, chiefly in composition, to denote multiplication or increase in a geometrical ratio, the doubling, tripling, etc., of anything; as, fourfold, four times, increased in a quadruple ratio, multiplied by four.
(v.) That which is folded together, or which infolds or envelops; embrace.
(v. i.) To become folded, plaited, or doubled; to close over another of the same kind; to double together; as, the leaves of the door fold.
(v. i.) To confine sheep in a fold.
(v. t.) To lap or lay in plaits or folds; to lay one part over another part of; to double; as, to fold cloth; to fold a letter.
(v. t.) To double or lay together, as the arms or the hands; as, he folds his arms in despair.
(v. t.) To inclose within folds or plaitings; to envelop; to infold; to clasp; to embrace.
(v. t.) A metallic element, constituting the most precious metal used as a common commercial medium of exchange. It has a characteristic yellow color, is one of the heaviest substances known (specific gravity 19.32), is soft, and very malleable and ductile. It is quite unalterable by heat, moisture, and most corrosive agents, and therefore well suited for its use in coin and jewelry. Symbol Au (Aurum). Atomic weight 196.7.
(v. t.) Money; riches; wealth.
(v. t.) A yellow color, like that of the metal; as, a flower tipped with gold.
(v. t.) Figuratively, something precious or pure; as, hearts of gold.