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Counterfoil vs. Foil — What's the Difference?

Counterfoil vs. Foil — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Counterfoil and Foil

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Counterfoil

A stub retained by the issuer of a receipt or other document as a record of a transaction.

Foil

To prevent from being successful; thwart
The alarm system foiled the thieves' robbery attempt.

Counterfoil

The part of a cheque that is retained in the chequebook as a record; a stub

Foil

To obscure or confuse (a trail or scent) so as to evade pursuers.

Counterfoil

That part of a tally, formerly in the exchequer, which was kept by an officer in that court, the other, called the stock, being delivered to the person who had lent the king money on the account; - called also counterstock.
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Foil

To cover or back with foil.

Counterfoil

The part of a writing (as the stub of a bank check) in which are noted the main particulars contained in the corresponding part, which has been issued.

Foil

To wrap (strands of hair) in pieces of foil in order to isolate them after bleach or color has been applied.

Counterfoil

The part of a check that is retained as a record

Foil

To set off by contrast.

Foil

A repulse; a setback.

Foil

The trail or scent of an animal.

Foil

Metal that has been formed into a thin, flexible sheet
Aluminum foil.

Foil

A thin layer of polished metal placed under a displayed gem to lend it brilliance.

Foil

One that stands in contrast to and emphasizes the distinctive characteristics of another
"I am resolved my husband shall not be a rival, but a foil to me" (Charlotte Brontë).

Foil

The reflective metal coating on the back of a glass mirror.

Foil

(Architecture) A curvilinear, often lobelike figure or space formed between the cusps of intersecting arcs, found especially in Gothic tracery and Moorish ornament.

Foil

An airfoil.

Foil

(Nautical) A hydrofoil.

Foil

A fencing sword having a usually circular guard and a thin, flexible four-sided blade with a button on the tip to prevent injury.

Foil

Often foils The art or sport of fencing with such a sword
A contest at foils.

Foil

A very thin sheet of metal.

Foil

Thin aluminium/aluminum (or, formerly, tin) used for wrapping food.
Wrap the sandwich up in foil

Foil

A thin layer of metal put between a jewel and its setting to make it seem more brilliant.

Foil

In literature, theatre/theater, etc., a character who helps emphasize the traits of the main character and who usually acts as an opponent or antagonist, but can also serve as the sidekick of the protagonist.

Foil

(figuratively) Anything that acts by contrast to emphasise the characteristics of something.

Foil

(fencing) A very thin sword with a blunted (or foiled) tip

Foil

A thin, transparent plastic material on which marks are made and projected for the purposes of presentation. See transparency.

Foil

A premium trading card with a glossy finish.

Foil

(heraldry) A stylized flower or leaf.

Foil

Clipping of hydrofoil

Foil

Clipping of aerofoil/airfoil

Foil

Failure when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage.

Foil

One of the incorrect answers presented in a multiple-choice test.

Foil

(hunting) The track of an animal.

Foil

(transitive) To cover or wrap with foil.

Foil

(nautical) hydrofoil

Foil

To prevent (something) from being accomplished.
They foiled my plans.

Foil

To prevent (someone) from accomplishing something.
I was foiled by my superior

Foil

To blunt; to dull; to spoil.

Foil

(obsolete) To tread underfoot; to trample.

Foil

(mathematics) To expand a product of two or more algebraic expressions, typically binomials.

Foil

(obsolete) To defile; to soil.

Foil

To tread under foot; to trample.
King Richard . . . caused the ensigns of Leopold to be pulled down and foiled under foot.
Whom he did all to pieces breake and foyle, In filthy durt, and left so in the loathely soyle.

Foil

To render (an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat.
And by mortal man at length am foiled.
Her long locks that foil the painter's power.

Foil

To blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in chase.

Foil

To defile; to soil.

Foil

Failure of success when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage.
Nor e'er was fate so near a foil.

Foil

A blunt weapon used in fencing, resembling a smallsword in the main, but usually lighter and having a button at the point.
Blunt as the fencer's foils, which hit, but hurt not.
Isocrates contended with a foil against Demosthenes with a word.

Foil

The track or trail of an animal.

Foil

A leaf or very thin sheet of metal; as, brass foil; tin foil; gold foil.

Foil

A thin leaf of sheet copper silvered and burnished, and afterwards coated with transparent colors mixed with isinglass; - employed by jewelers to give color or brilliancy to pastes and inferior stones.

Foil

Anything that serves by contrast of color or quality to adorn or set off another thing to advantage.
As she a black silk cap on him beganTo set, for foil of his milk-white to serve.
Hector has a foil to set him off.

Foil

A thin coat of tin, with quicksilver, laid on the back of a looking-glass, to cause reflection.

Foil

The space between the cusps in Gothic architecture; a rounded or leaflike ornament, in windows, niches, etc. A group of foils is called trefoil, quatrefoil, quinquefoil, etc., according to the number of arcs of which it is composed.

Foil

A piece of thin and flexible sheet metal;
The photographic film was wrapped in foil

Foil

Anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities;
Pretty girls like plain friends as foils

Foil

A device consisting of a flat or curved piece (as a metal plate) so that its surface reacts to the water it is passing through;
The fins of a fish act as hydrofoils

Foil

Picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector

Foil

A light slender flexible sword tipped by a button

Foil

Enhance by contrast;
In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background

Foil

Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of;
What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge
Foil your opponent

Foil

Cover or back with foil;
Foil mirrors

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