foot: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (foot), [key]
— n., pl. v. feet foots
- (in vertebrates) the terminal part of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves.
- (in invertebrates) any part similar in position or function.
- such a part considered as the organ of locomotion.
- a unit of length, originally derived from the length of the human foot. It is divided into 12 inches and equal to 30.48 centimeters. Abbr.: ft., f.
- foot soldiers; infantry.
- walking or running motion; pace: swift of foot.
- quality or character of movement or motion; tread; step.
- any part or thing resembling a foot, as in function, placement, shape, etc.
- a shaped or ornamented feature terminating a leg at its lower part.
- any of several short legs supporting a central shaft, as of a pedestal table.
- a rim, flange, or flaring part, often distinctively treated, serving as a base for a table furnishing or utensil, as a glass, teapot, or candlestick.
- the part of a stocking, sock, etc., covering the foot.
- the lowest part, or bottom, of anything, as of a hill, ladder, page, etc.
- a supporting part; base.
- the part of anything opposite the top or head: He waited patiently at the foot of the checkout line.
- the end of a bed, grave, etc., toward which the feet are placed: Put the blanket at the foot of the bed, please.
- the part of the type body that forms the sides of the groove, at the base. See diag. under
- the last, as of a series.
- that which is written at the bottom, as the total of an account.
- a group of syllables constituting a metrical unit of a verse.
- sediment or dregs.
- the lower edge of a sail.
- to begin favorably or unfavorably: He got off on the wrong foot with a tactless remark about his audience.
- to succeed in achieving an initial stage or step.
- See (def. 5).
- by walking or running, rather than by riding.
- to attempt to make as good an impression as possible.
- to proceed with all possible haste; hurry.
- to take a firm stand; be decisive or determined.
- to make an embarrassing blunder.
- to go on or into; enter: Don't set foot in this office again!
- in the way: That cat is always under foot when I'm getting dinner.
- to walk; go on foot (often fol. by it): We'll have to foot it.
- to move the feet rhythmically, as to music or in dance (often fol. by it).
- (of vessels) to move forward; sail: to foot briskly across the open water.
- to walk or dance on: footing the cobblestones of the old city.
- to perform (a dance): cavaliers footing a galliard.
- to traverse on or as if on foot.
- to make or attach a foot to: to foot a stocking.
- to pay or settle: I always end up footing the bill.
- to add (a column of figures) and set the sum at the foot (often fol. by up).
- to seize with talons, as a hawk.
- to establish.
- to kick, esp. to kick away.
- to set foot on.
- foot (Thesaurus)
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