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Foliation  n.  
The process of forming into a leaf or leaves.
The manner in which the young leaves are disposed within the bud. " The... foliation must be in relation to the stem."
The act of beating a metal into a thin plate, leaf, foil, or lamina.
The act of coating with an amalgam of tin foil and quicksilver, as in making looking-glasses.
(Arch.) The enrichment of an opening by means of foils, arranged in trefoils, quatrefoils, etc.; also, one of the ornaments. See Tracery.
(Geol.) The property, possessed by some crystalline rocks, of dividing into plates or slabs, which is due to the cleavage structure of one of the constituents, as mica or hornblende. It may sometimes include slaty structure or cleavage, though the latter is usually independent of any mineral constituent, and transverse to the bedding, it having been produced by pressure.

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"Foliation" Quotes from Famous Books

... Reformation. "It may be readily noted," says the writer of a recent article on Winchester Cathedral, "how the new ashlar was brought down to the level of this vanished altar, and how Wykeham's vaulting-shaft has been made to end in foliation where it once rose in receipt of prayers and wax-candles vowed in return for mercies vouchsafed." In the seven westerly piers of the south aisle, the Norman stonework has merely received new mouldings; while flat Norman buttresses can ...
— Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester - A Description of Its Fabric and a Brief History of the Episcopal See • Philip Walsingham Sergeant

Words linked to "Foliation" :   growing, architecture, architectural ornament, foliage, phytology, stratification, geology, growth, development, botany, coating, ontogenesis, foliate, covering, production, leafing, ontogeny

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