heel: Meaning and Definition of
- the back part of the human foot, below and behind the ankle.
- an analogous part in other vertebrates.
- either hind foot or hoof of some animals, as the horse.
- the foot as a whole: He was hung by the heels.
- the part of a stocking, shoe, or the like covering the back part of the wearer's foot.
- a solid, raised base or support of leather, wood, rubber, etc., attached to the sole of a shoe or boot under the back part of the foot.
- high-heeled shoes.
- something resembling the back part of the human foot in position, shape, etc.: a heel of bread.
- the rear of the palm, adjacent to the wrist.
- the latter or concluding part of anything: the heel of a session.
- the lower end of any of various more or less vertical objects, as rafters, spars, or the sternposts of vessels.
- the after end of a keel.
- the inner end of a bowsprit or jib boom.
- the crook in the head of a golf club.
- the exterior angle of an angle iron.
- the end of a frog farthest from a switch.
- the base of any part, as of a cutting or tuber, that is removed from a plant for use in the propagation of that plant.
- close behind one: The police are at his heels.
- to be kept waiting, esp. because of deliberate discourtesy: The producer let the actors who were waiting to be auditioned cool their heels in the outer office.
- having a shabby, slipshod, or slovenly appearance.
- a jack turned up as a starter, counting two points for the dealer.
- to have a vigorously entertaining time; frolic: Grandfather could still kick up his heels now and then.
- Superior forces laid the invaders by the heels.
- to arrest and imprison.
- to prevail over; render ineffectual:Superior forces laid the invaders by the heels.
- closely following; in quick succession of: On the heels of the hurricane came an outbreak of looting.
- to leave one's pursuers or competitors behind; outrun: The thief showed his victim a clean pair of heels.
- to run away; take flight: The thief took to his heels as soon as he saw the police.
- The dog followed the hunter to heel.
- close behind:The dog followed the hunter to heel.
- under control or subjugation:The attackers were brought swiftly to heel.
- to follow at the heels of; chase closely.
- to furnish with heels, as shoes.
- to perform (a dance) with the heels.
- to strike (the ball) with the heel of the club.
- to arm (a gamecock) with spurs.
- (of a dog) to follow at one's heels on command.
- to use the heels, as in dancing.
- to cover temporarily (the roots and most of the stem of a plant) with soil prior to permanent planting.
- to incline to one side; cant; tilt: The ship heeled in going about.
- to cause to lean or cant.
- a heeling movement; a cant.
- a contemptibly dishonorable or irresponsible person: We all feel like heels for ducking out on you like this.
- heel (Thesaurus)