1. [ verb ] number the pages of a book or manuscript
Synonyms: page paginate
Related terms: number page
2. [ verb ] coat or back with metal foil; of surfaces such as glass
Related terms: coat foil
3. [ verb ] decorate with leaves
Related terms: decorate foliation
4. [ verb ] hammer into thin flat foils; of metal
Related terms: forge foil
5. [ adjective ] (especially of metamorphic rock) having thin leaflike layers or strata
Synonyms: foliaceous foliated
Related terms: stratified
6. [ adjective ] (botany; often used as a combining form) having or resembling a leaf or having a specified kind or number of leaves

"`foliate' is combined with the prefix `tri' to form the word `trifoliate'"

Related terms: botany leafy
7. [ adjective ] (architecture) ornamented with foliage or foils
Synonyms: foliated

"foliate tracery" "a foliated capital"

Related terms: architecture leaf leaf
8. [ verb ] grow leaves

"the tree foliated in Spring"

Related terms: develop leaf
Similar spelling:   folate