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 for folding
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fold \Fold\ (f[=o]ld), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Folded; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Folding.] [OE. folden, falden, AS. fealdan; akin to
     OHG. faltan, faldan, G. falten, Icel. falda, Dan. folde, Sw.
     f[*a]lla, Goth. fal[thorn]an, cf. Gr. di-pla`sios twofold,
     Skr. pu[.t]a a fold. Cf. Fauteuil.]
     1. 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.
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              As a vesture shalt thou fold them up. --Heb. i. 12.
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     2. To double or lay together, as the arms or the hands; as,
        he folds his arms in despair.
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     3. To inclose within folds or plaitings; to envelop; to
        infold; to clasp; to embrace.
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              A face folded in sorrow.              --J. Webster.
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              We will descend and fold him in our arms. --Shak.
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     4. To cover or wrap up; to conceal.
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              Nor fold my fault in cleanly coined excuses. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Folding \Fold"ing\, n.
     1. The act of making a fold or folds; also, a fold; a
        doubling; a plication.
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              The lower foldings of the vest.       --Addison.
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     2. (Agric.) The keepig of sheep in inclosures on arable land,
        etc.
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     Folding boat, a portable boat made by stretching canvas,
        etc., over jointed framework, used in campaigning, and by
        tourists, etc. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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     Folding chair, a chair which may be shut up compactly for
        carriage or stowage; a camp chair.
  
     Folding door, one of two or more doors filling a single and
        hung upon hinges.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  folding
      adj 1: capable of being folded up and stored; "a foldaway bed"
             [syn: foldable, foldaway, folding(a)]
      n 1: the process whereby a protein molecule assumes its
           intricate three-dimensional shape; "understanding protein
           folding is the next step in deciphering the genetic code"
           [syn: protein folding, folding]
      2: a geological process that causes a bend in a stratum of rock
         [syn: fold, folding]
      3: the act of folding; "he gave the napkins a double fold" [syn:
         fold, folding]

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