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3 definitions found
 for foliation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foliation \Fo"li*a"tion\, n. [Cf. F. foliation.]
     1. The process of forming into a leaf or leaves.
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     2. The manner in which the young leaves are dispo?ed within
        the bud.
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              The . . . foliation must be in relation to the stem.
                                                    --De Quincey.
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     3. The act of beating a metal into a thin plate, leaf, foil,
        or lamina.
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     4. The act of coating with an amalgam of tin foil and
        quicksilver, as in making looking-glasses.
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     5. (Arch.) The enrichment of an opening by means of foils,
        arranged in trefoils, quatrefoils, etc.; also, one of the
        ornaments. See Tracery.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  foliation
      n 1: (botany) the process of forming leaves [syn: foliation,
           leafing]
      2: (geology) the arrangement of leaflike layers in a rock
      3: (architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament [syn:
         foliation, foliage]
      4: the production of foil by cutting or beating metal into thin
         leaves
      5: the work of coating glass with metal foil

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  28 Moby Thesaurus words for "foliation":
     accounting, census, counting, dactylonomy, delamination,
     desquamation, enumeration, exfoliation, flakiness, foliage,
     frondage, furfuration, inventorying, lamellation, lamination,
     leafage, leafiness, measurement, numbering, numeration, pagination,
     quantification, quantization, scaliness, stratification, tallying,
     telling, umbrage
  
  

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