Fault vs Fold - What's the difference?

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In context|obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between fault and fold

is that fault is (obsolete) want; lack while fold is (obsolete) a boundary or limit.

As nouns the difference between fault and fold

is that fault is a defect; something that detracts from perfection while fold is an act of folding or fold can be a pen or enclosure for sheep or other domestic animals or fold can be (dialectal|poetic|or|obsolete) the earth; earth; land, country.

As verbs the difference between fault and fold

is that fault is to criticize, blame or find fault with something or someone while fold is to bend (any thin material, such as paper) over so that it comes in contact with itself or fold can be to confine sheep in a fold.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A defect; something that detracts from perfection.
  • * Shakespeare
  • As patches set upon a little breach / Discredit more in hiding of the fault .
  • A mistake or error.
  • No!. This is my fault, not yours
  • A weakness of character; a failing.
  • For all her faults , she's a good person at heart.
  • A minor offense.
  • Blame; the responsibility for a mistake.
  • The fault lies with you.
  • (seismology) A fracture in a rock formation causing a discontinuity.
  • (mining) In coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam.
  • slate fault''', dirt '''fault , etc.
  • (tennis) An illegal serve.
  • (electrical) An abnormal connection in a circuit.
  • (obsolete) want; lack
  • * Shakespeare
  • one, it pleases me, for fault of a better, to call my friend
  • (hunting) A lost scent; act of losing the scent.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Ceasing their clamorous cry till they have singled, / With much ado, the cold fault clearly out.

    Derived terms

    * at fault * double fault * to a fault


    * See also


    (en verb)
  • To criticize, blame or find fault with something or someone.
  • * Traditional song
  • For that I will not fault thee / But for humbleness exalt thee.
  • (geology) To fracture.
  • To commit a mistake or error.
  • (computing) To undergo a page fault.
  • * 2002 , Æleen Frisch, Essential system administration
  • When a page is read in, a few pages surrounding the faulted page are typically loaded as well in the same I/O operation in an effort to head off future page faults.



    (wikipedia fold)

    Etymology 1

    (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), from (etyl) , (etyl) falda (Danish folde).


  • To bend (any thin material, such as paper) over so that it comes in contact with itself.
  • To make the proper arrangement (in a thin material) by bending.
  • If you fold the sheets, they'll fit more easily in the drawer.
  • To become folded; to form folds.
  • Cardboard doesn't fold very easily.
  • (informal) To fall over; to be crushed.
  • The chair folded under his enormous weight.
  • To enclose within folded arms (see also enfold).
  • * 1897 , (Bram Stoker), Chapter 21
  • He put out his arms and folded her to his breast. And for a while she lay there sobbing. He looked at us over her bowed head, with eyes that blinked damply above his quivering nostrils. His mouth was set as steel.
  • To give way on a point or in an argument.
  • (poker) To withdraw from betting.
  • With no hearts in the river and no chance to hit his straight, he folded .
  • (cooking) To stir gently, with a folding action.
  • Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  • (business) Of a company, to cease to trade.
  • The company folded after six quarters of negative growth.
  • To double or lay together, as the arms or the hands.
  • He folded his arms in defiance.
  • To cover or wrap up; to conceal.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Nor fold my fault in cleanly coined excuses.
    * bend, crease * (fall over) fall over * (give way on a point or in an argument) concede, give in, give way, yield
    * unfold
    Derived terms
    * foldable * foldaway * foldboat * folder * folding money * foldover * fold-down


    (en noun)
  • An act of folding.
  • A bend or crease.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • mummies shrouded in a number of folds of linen
  • * J. D. Dana
  • Folds are most common in the rocks of mountainous regions.
  • Any correct move in origami.
  • A group of sheep or goats.
  • A group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church.
  • (newspapers) The division between the top and bottom halves of a broadsheet: headlines above the fold will be readable in a newsstand display; usually the fold .
  • (by extension, web design) The division between the part of a web page visible in a web browser window without scrolling; usually the fold .
  • (geology) The bending or curving of one or a stack of originally flat and planar surfaces, such as sedimentary strata, as a result of plastic (i.e. permanent) deformation.
  • (computing, programming) In functional programming, any of a family of higher-order functions that process a data structure recursively to build up a value.
  • That which is folded together, or which enfolds or envelops; embrace.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Shall from your neck unloose his amorous fold .
  • * 2013 , Phil McNulty, "[http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23830980]", BBC Sport , 1 September 2013:
  • Having suffered the loss of Rooney just as he had returned to the fold , Moyes' mood will not have improved as Liverpool took the lead in the third minute.
    * (act of folding) bending, creasing. * (bend or crease) bend, crease. * * (correct move in origami)
    Derived terms
    * above the fold * below the fold

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) fold, fald, from (etyl) fald, .


    (en noun)
  • A pen or enclosure for sheep or other domestic animals.
  • * Milton
  • Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold .
  • * {{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , title=Lord Stranleigh Abroad , chapter=4 citation , passage=“I came down like a wolf on the fold , didn’t I??? Why didn’t I telephone??? Strategy, my dear boy, strategy. This is a surprise attack, and I’d no wish that the garrison, forewarned, should escape. …”}}
  • (figuratively) Home, family.
  • (religion, Christian) A church congregation, a church, the Christian church as a whole, the flock of Christ.
  • John , X, 16 : "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold."
  • (obsolete) A boundary or limit.
  • (Creech)
    * enclosure * pen * penfold, pinfold


    (en verb)
  • To confine sheep in a fold.
  • The star that bids the shepherd fold — Milton.

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


  • (dialectal, poetic, or, obsolete) The Earth; earth; land, country.
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