Meaning of foliate

fo•li•ate

Pronunciation: (adj.fō'lē-it, -āt"v.fō'lē-āt"), [key]
— adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
—adj.
  1. covered with or having leaves.
  2. like a leaf, as in shape.
  3. foliate tracery.
    1. ornamented with or composed of foils:foliate tracery.
    2. ornamented with representations of foliage:a foliate capital.
  4. foliated (def. 2).
—v.i.
  1. to put forth leaves.
  2. to split into thin leaflike layers or laminae.
—v.t.
  1. to shape like a leaf or leaves.
  2. to decorate with foils or foliage.
  3. to form into thin sheets.
  4. to spread over with a thin metallic backing.
  5. to number the folios or leaves, as distinguished from pages, of (a manuscript or book).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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