foot: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (foot), [key]
— n., pl. v. feet foots
  1. (in vertebrates) the terminal part of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves.
  2. (in invertebrates) any part similar in position or function.
  3. such a part considered as the organ of locomotion.
  4. 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.
  5. foot soldiers; infantry.
  6. walking or running motion; pace: swift of foot.
  7. quality or character of movement or motion; tread; step.
  8. any part or thing resembling a foot, as in function, placement, shape, etc.
    1. a shaped or ornamented feature terminating a leg at its lower part.
    2. any of several short legs supporting a central shaft, as of a pedestal table.
  9. 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.
  10. the part of a stocking, sock, etc., covering the foot.
  11. the lowest part, or bottom, of anything, as of a hill, ladder, page, etc.
  12. a supporting part; base.
  13. the part of anything opposite the top or head: He waited patiently at the foot of the checkout line.
  14. the end of a bed, grave, etc., toward which the feet are placed: Put the blanket at the foot of the bed, please.
  15. the part of the type body that forms the sides of the groove, at the base. See diag. under
  16. the last, as of a series.
  17. that which is written at the bottom, as the total of an account.
  18. a group of syllables constituting a metrical unit of a verse.
  19. Usually,
    1. sediment or dregs.
    2. footlights.
  20. the lower edge of a sail.
  21. to begin favorably or unfavorably: He got off on the wrong foot with a tactless remark about his audience.
  22. to succeed in achieving an initial stage or step.
  23. See (def. 5).
  24. by walking or running, rather than by riding.
    1. to attempt to make as good an impression as possible.
    2. to proceed with all possible haste; hurry.
  25. to take a firm stand; be decisive or determined.
  26. to make an embarrassing blunder.
  27. to go on or into; enter: Don't set foot in this office again!
  28. in the way: That cat is always under foot when I'm getting dinner.
  1. to walk; go on foot (often fol. by it): We'll have to foot it.
  2. to move the feet rhythmically, as to music or in dance (often fol. by it).
  3. (of vessels) to move forward; sail: to foot briskly across the open water.
  1. to walk or dance on: footing the cobblestones of the old city.
  2. to perform (a dance): cavaliers footing a galliard.
  3. to traverse on or as if on foot.
  4. to make or attach a foot to: to foot a stocking.
  5. to pay or settle: I always end up footing the bill.
  6. to add (a column of figures) and set the sum at the foot (often fol. by up).
  7. to seize with talons, as a hawk.
  8. to establish.
  9. to kick, esp. to kick away.
  10. to set foot on.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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