KJV Dictionary Definition: fold


FOLD, n. See the verb, to fold.

1. A pen or inclosure for sheep; a place where a flock of sheep is kept, whether in the field or under shelter.

2. A flock of sheep. Hence in a scriptural sense, the church, the flock of the Shepherd of Israel.

Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold. John 10.

3. A limit. Not in use.

FOLD, n.

1. The doubling of any flexible substance, as cloth; complication; a plait; one part turned or bent and laid on another; as a fold of linen.

2. In composition, the same quantity added; as two fold, four fold, ten fold, that is, twice as much, four times as much, ten times as much.

FOLD, v.t. Heb. The primary sense is to fall, or to lay, to set, throw or press together.

1. To double; to lap or lay in plaits; as, to fold a piece of cloth.

2. To double and insert one part in another; as, to fold a letter.

3. To double or lay together, as the arms. He folds his arms in despair.

4. To confine sheep in a fold.

FOLD, v.i. To close over another of the same kind; as, the leaves of the door fold.


FOLDED, pp. Doubled; laid in plaits; complicated; kept in a fold.



1. Doubling; laying in plaits; keeping in a fold.

2. a. Doubling; that may close over another, or that consists of leaves which may close one over another; as a folding door.


1. A fold; a doubling.

2. Among farmers, the keeping of sheep in inclosures on arable land, &c.