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Meaning of foot by Wiktionary Dictionary

foot


    A human foot.

    Etymology

    From Middle English, from Old English fōt ( “foot” ), from Proto-Germanic *fōts ( “foot” ) ( compare West Frisian foet, Dutch voet, German Fuß ), from Proto-Indo-European *pṓds ( compare Hittite pata, Latin pēs, pedis, Tocharian A pe, B pai, Lithuanian pāda ( “sole ( foot )” ), Russian под ( pod, “ground” ), Ancient Greek πούς, ποδός ( poús, podós ), Albanian shputë ( “palm, foot's sole” ), Armenian ոտն ( otn ), Sanskrit पद् ( pád ) ) .

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: fo͝ot, IPA: /fʊt/, X-SAMPA: /fUt/
    • Rhymes: -ʊt

    Noun

    foot ( plural: feet )

    1. ( countable ) A biological structure found in many animals that is used for locomotion and that is frequently a separate organ at the terminal part of the leg. transl .
      A spider has eight feet .
    2. ( countable, anatomy ) Specifically, a human foot, which is found below the ankle and is used for standing and walking. transl .
      Southern Italy is shaped like a foot .
    3. ( uncountable, often used attributively ) Travel by walking.
      We went there by foot because we could not afford a taxi .
      There is a lot of foot traffic on this street .
    4. ( countable ) The base or bottom of anything. transl .
      I'll meet you at the foot of the stairs .
    5. ( countable ) The part of a flat surface on which the feet customarily rest .
      We came and stood at the foot of the bed .
    6. ( countable ) The end of a rectangular table opposite the head. terms which are part of single semantic set">coord .
      The host should sit at the foot of the table .
    7. ( countable ) A short foot-like projection on the bottom of an object to support it. transl .
      The feet of the stove hold it a safe distance above the floor .
    8. ( countable ) A unit of measure equal to twelve inches or one third of a yard, equal to exactly 30.48 centimetres. usageterms which are part of single semantic set"> coord .
      The flag pole at the local high school is about 20 feet high .
    9. ( military, plural: only; not used in singular form ) Foot soldiers; infantry. terms which are part of single semantic set">coord .
      King John went to battle with ten thousand foot and one thousand horse .
    10. ( countable, cigars ) The end of a cigar which is lit, and usually cut before lighting .
    11. ( countable, sewing ) The part of a sewing machine which presses downward on the fabric, and may also serve to move it forward .
    12. ( countable, printing ) The bottommost part of a typed or printed page. terms which are part of single semantic set">coord .
    13. ( countable, prosody ) The basic measure of rhythm in a poem. transl .
    14. ( countable, phonology ) The parsing of syllables into prosodic constituents, which are used to determine the placement of stress in languages along with the notions of constituent heads .
    15. ( countable, nautical ) The bottom edge of a sail. terms which are part of single semantic set">coord. transl .
      To make the mainsail fuller in shape, the outhaul is eased to reduce the tension on the foot of the sail .
    16. ( countable, billiards ) The end of a billiard or pool table behind the foot point where the balls are racked .
    17. ( countable, botany ) In a bryophyte, that portion of a sporophyte which remains embedded within and attached to the parent gametophyte plant.
    18. ( countable, malacology ) The muscular part of a bivalve mollusc by which it moves or holds its position on a surface .
    19. ( countable, molecular biology ) The globular lower domain of a protein. terms which are part of single semantic set">coord .
    20. ( countable, geometry ) The foot of a line perpendicular to a given line is the point where the lines intersect .
    Usage notes

    Coordinate terms

    • ( unit of length to definition">def. transl. ): inch, yard, mile
    • ( end of a table to definition">def. ): head, sides
    • ( bottom of a page to definition">def. ): head, body
    • ( bottom edge of a sail to definition">def. transl. ): head, leech, luff
    • ( molecular domain to definition">def. ): head, cleft, neck
    • ( infantry to definition">def. ): horse

    See also

    Verb

    foot ( third-person singular simple present foots present participle footing, simple past and past participle footed )

    1. ( transitive ) To use the foot to kick ( usually a ball ) .
    2. ( transitive ) To pay ( a bill ) .
    3. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) ( linguistics, transitive ) To parse into metrical feet .

    Derived terms

    See also

    1. ^ Rich Alderson, “Why do we say ‘30 years old’, but ‘a 30-year-old man’?”,[1] in Mark Israel, the alt.usage.english FAQ .

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Explanation of foot by Wordnet Dictionary

foot


    Verb
    1. add a column of numbers

    2. walk

    3. pay for something

    4. foot the bill
    Noun
    1. travel by walking

    2. he followed on foot
      the swiftest of foot
    3. the pedal extremity of vertebrates other than human beings

    4. any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates

    5. a support resembling a pedal extremity

    6. one foot of the chair was on the carpet
    7. lowest support of a structure

    8. he stood at the foot of the tower
    9. the part of the leg of a human being below the ankle joint

    10. armored from head to foot
    11. a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm

    12. an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot

    13. there came ten thousand horsemen and as many fully-armed foot
    14. the lower part of anything

    15. curled up on the foot of the bed
      the foot of the page
      the foot of the list
      the foot of the mountain
    16. a member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger

    17. a linear unit of length equal to 12 inches or a third of a yard



    Definition of foot by GCIDE Dictionary

    foot


    1. Foot ( ft ), n.; pl. Feet ( fēt ). [OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet. AS. fōt, pl. fēt; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. fōtr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. fōtus, L. pes, Gr. πούς, Skr. pād, Icel. fet step, pace measure of a foot, feta to step, find one's way. √77, 250. Cf. Antipodes, Cap-a-pie, Expedient, Fet to fetch, Fetlock, Fetter, Pawn a piece in chess, Pedal.]
      1. ( Anat. ) The terminal part of the leg of man or an animal; esp., the part below the ankle or wrist; that part of an animal upon which it rests when standing, or moves. See Manus, and Pes.

      2. ( Zool. ) The muscular locomotive organ of a mollusk. It is a median organ arising from the ventral region of body, often in the form of a flat disk, as in snails. See Illust. of Buccinum.

      3. That which corresponds to the foot of a man or animal; as, “the foot of a table; the foot of a stocking.”

      4. The lowest part or base; the ground part; the bottom, as of a mountain, column, or page; also, the last of a row or series; the end or extremity, esp. if associated with inferiority; as, “the foot of a hill; the foot of the procession; the foot of a class; the foot of the bed; ; the foot of the page.”

      And now at foot

      Of heaven's ascent they lift their feet. Milton.

      5. Fundamental principle; basis; plan; -- used only in the singular.

      Answer directly upon the foot of dry reason. Berkeley.

      6. Recognized condition; rank; footing; -- used only in the singular. [R.]

      As to his being on the foot of a servant. Walpole.

      7. A measure of length equivalent to twelve inches; one third of a yard. See Yard.

      ☞ This measure is supposed to be taken from the length of a man's foot. It differs in length in different countries. In the United States and in England it is 304.8 millimeters.

      8. ( Mil. ) Soldiers who march and fight on foot; the infantry, usually designated as the foot, in distinction from the cavalry. “Both horse and foot.” Milton.

      9. ( Pros. ) A combination of syllables consisting a metrical element of a verse, the syllables being formerly distinguished by their quantity or length, but in modern poetry by the accent.

      10. ( Naut. ) The lower edge of a sail.

      ☞ Foot is often used adjectively, signifying of or pertaining to a foot or the feet, or to the base or lower part. It is also much used as the first of compounds.

      Foot artillery. ( Mil. ) Artillery soldiers serving in foot. Heavy artillery. Farrow. -- Foot bank ( Fort. ), a raised way within a parapet. -- Foot barracks ( Mil. ), barracks for infantery. -- Foot bellows, a bellows worked by a treadle. Knight. -- Foot company ( Mil. ), a company of infantry. Milton. -- Foot gear, covering for the feet, as stocking, shoes, or boots. -- Foot hammer ( Mach. ), a small tilt hammer moved by a treadle. -- Foot iron. The step of a carriage. A fetter. -- Foot jaw. ( Zool. ) See Maxilliped. -- Foot key ( Mus. ), an organ pedal. -- Foot level ( Gunnery ), a form of level used in giving any proposed angle of elevation to a piece of ordnance. Farrow. -- Foot mantle, a long garment to protect the dress in riding; a riding skirt. [Obs.] -- Foot page, an errand boy; an attendant. [Obs.] -- Foot passenger, one who passes on foot, as over a road or bridge. -- Foot pavement, a paved way for foot passengers; a footway; a trottoir. -- Foot poet, an inferior poet; a poetaster. [R.]
      Dryden. -- Foot post. A letter carrier who travels on foot. A mail delivery by means of such carriers. -- Fot pound, and Foot poundal. ( Mech. ) See Foot pound and Foot poundal, in the Vocabulary. -- Foot press ( Mach. ), a cutting, embossing, or printing press, moved by a treadle. -- Foot race, a race run by persons on foot. Cowper. -- Foot rail, a railroad rail, with a wide flat flange on the lower side. -- Foot rot, an ulcer in the feet of sheep; claw sickness. -- Foot rule, a rule or measure twelve inches long. -- Foot screw, an adjusting screw which forms a foot, and serves to give a machine or table a level standing on an uneven place. -- Foot secretion. ( Zool. ) See Sclerobase. -- Foot soldier, a soldier who serves on foot. -- Foot stick ( Printing ), a beveled piece of furniture placed against the foot of the page, to hold the type in place. -- Foot stove, a small box, with an iron pan, to hold hot coals for warming the feet. -- Foot tubercle. ( Zool. ) See Parapodium. -- Foot valve ( Steam
      Engine ), the valve that opens to the air pump from the condenser. -- Foot vise, a kind of vise the jaws of which are operated by a treadle. -- Foot waling ( Naut. ), the inside planks or lining of a vessel over the floor timbers. Totten. -- Foot wall ( Mining ), the under wall of an inclosed vein.

      By foot, or On foot, by walking; as, to pass a stream on foot. -- Cubic foot. See under Cubic. -- Foot and mouth disease, a contagious disease ( Eczema epizoötica ) of cattle, sheep, swine, etc., characterized by the formation of vesicles and ulcers in the mouth and about the hoofs. -- Foot of the fine ( Law ), the concluding poFoot ( ft ), n.; pl. Feet ( fēt ). [OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet. AS. fōt, pl. fēt; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. fōtr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. fōtus, L. pes, Gr. πούς, Skr. pād, Icel. fet step, pace measure of a foot, feta to step, find one's way. √77, 250. Cf. Antipodes, Cap-a-pie, Expedient, Fet to fetch, Fetlock, Fetter, Pawn a piece in chess, Pedal.]
      1. ( Anat. ) The terminal part of the leg of man or an animal; esp., the part below the ankle or wrist; that part of an animal upon which it rests when standing, or moves. See Manus, and Pes.

      2. ( Zool. ) The muscular locomotive organ of a mollusk. It is a median organ arising from the ventral region of body, often in the form of a flat disk, as in snails. See Illust. of Buccinum.

      3. That which corresponds to the foot of a man or animal; as, “the foot of a table; the foot of a stocki”
    2. Foot ( ft ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Footed; p. pr. & vb. n. Footing.]
      1. To tread to measure or music; to dance; to trip; to skip. Dryden.

      2. To walk; -- opposed to ride or fly. Shak.

    3. Foot, v. t.
      1. To kick with the foot; to spurn. Shak.

      2. To set on foot; to establish; to land. [Obs.]

      What confederacy have you with the traitors

      Late footed in the kingdom? Shak.

      3. To tread; as, “to foot the green”. Tickell.

      4. To sum up, as the numbers in a column; -- sometimes with up; as, “to foot ( or foot up ) an account”.

      5. To seize or strike with the talon. [Poet.] Shak.

      6. To renew the foot of, as of a stocking. Shak.

      To foot a bill, to pay it. [Colloq.] -- To foot it, to walk; also, to dance.

      If you are for a merry jaunt, I'll try, for once, who can foot it farthest. Dryden.