- First Reference: Isaiah 13:20
- Last Reference: Hebrews 1:12
- Included in Eastons: Yes
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: No
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: Yes
An enclosure for flocks to rest together (Isaiah 13:20). Sheep-folds are mentioned Numbers 32:16, 24, 36; 2 Samuel 7:8; Zephaniah 2:6; John 10:1, etc. It was prophesied of the cities of Ammon (Ezekiel 25:5), Aroer (Isaiah 17:2), and Judaea, that they would be folds or couching-places for flocks. "Among the pots," of the Authorized Version (Psalms 68:13), is rightly in the Revised Version, "among the sheepfolds."
FOLD, noun [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 10:16.
3. A limit. [Not in use.]
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, verb transitive [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, verb intransitive To close over another of the same kind; as, the leaves of the door fold
FOLDAGE, noun The right of folding sheep.
FOLDED, participle passive Doubled; laid in plaits; complicated; kept in a fold.
1. An instrument used in folding paper.
2. One that folds.
FOLDING, participle present tense
1. Doubling; laying in plaits; keeping in a fold.
2. adjective 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, etc.