- enPR: fo͝ot, IPA: /fʊt/, [fʊt]
foot (plural feet)
- 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.
- A spider has eight feet.
- (anatomy) Specifically, a human foot, which is found below the ankle and is used for standing and walking.
- Southern Italy is shaped like a foot.
- (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.
- The base or bottom of anything.
- I'll meet you at the foot of the stairs.
- The part of a flat surface on which the feet customarily rest.
- We came and stood at the foot of the bed.
- The end of a rectangular table opposite the head.
- The host should sit at the foot of the table.
- A short foot-like projection on the bottom of an object to support it.
- The feet of the stove hold it a safe distance above the floor.
- A unit of measure equal to twelve inches or one third of a yard, equal to exactly 30.48 centimetres.
- The flag pole at the local high school is about 20 feet high.
- (music) A unit of measure for organ pipes equal to the wavelength of two octaves above middle C, approximately 328 mm.
- (collective, military) Foot soldiers; infantry.
- King John went to battle with ten thousand foot and one thousand horse.
- His forces, after all the high discourses, amounted really but to eighteen hundred foot.
- (cigars) The end of a cigar which is lit, and usually cut before lighting.
- (sewing) The part of a sewing machine which presses downward on the fabric, and may also serve to move it forward.
- (printing) The bottommost part of a typed or printed page.
- (printing) The base of a piece of type, forming the sides of the groove.
- (prosody) The basic measure of rhythm in a poem.
- (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.
- (nautical) The bottom edge of a sail.
- To make the mainsail fuller in shape, the outhaul is eased to reduce the tension on the foot of the sail.
- (billiards) The end of a billiard or pool table behind the foot point where the balls are racked.
- (botany) In a bryophyte, that portion of a sporophyte which remains embedded within and attached to the parent gametophyte plant.
- 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 4:
- (b) sporophyte with foot reduced, the entire sporophyte enveloped by the calyptra, which is ± stipitate at the base.
- (malacology) The muscular part of a bivalve mollusc or a gastropod by which it moves or holds its position on a surface.
- (molecular biology) The globular lower domain of a protein.
- (geometry) The point of intersection of one line with another that is perpendicular to it.
- Fundamental principle; basis; plan.
- Answer directly upon the foot of dry reason.
- Recognized condition; rank; footing.
- As to his being on the foot of a servant.
- French: pied
- German: Fuß, Fuss (Switzerland)
- Italian: piede
- Portuguese: pé
- Russian: нога́
- Spanish: pie, pinrel (slang), queso (slang)
foot (foots, present participle footing; past and past participle footed)
- (transitive) To use the foot to kick (usually a ball).
- (transitive) To pay (a bill).
- To tread to measure or music; to dance; to trip; to skip.
- To walk.
- To tread.
- to foot the green
- (obsolete) To set on foot; to establish; to land.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene vii]:
- What confederacy have you with the traitors / Late footed in the kingdom?
- To renew the foot of (a stocking, etc.).
- To sum up, as the numbers in a column; sometimes with up.
- to foot (or foot up) an account
- French: donner un coup de pied
- Portuguese: chutar
- Russian: пинать
- Michael Foot (1913–2010) was a British politician.