Foul Foul, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fouled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fouling}.] 1. To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as, to foul the face or hands with mire. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) To incrust (the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in the process of firing. [1913 Webster]

3. To cover (a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles. [1913 Webster]

4. To entangle, so as to impede motion; as, to foul a rope or cable in paying it out; to come into collision with; as, one boat fouled the other in a race. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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