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heel

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noun \ˈhēl\

Definition of heel

  1. 1 a :  the back of the human foot below the ankle and behind the arch b :  the part of the hind limb of other vertebrates that is homologous with the human heel

  2. 2 :  an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel; especially :  the part of the palm of the hand nearest the wrist

  3. 3 :  one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread

  4. 4 a :  the part (as of a shoe) that covers the human heel b :  a solid attachment of a shoe or boot forming the back of the sole under the heel of the foot

  5. 5 :  a rear, low, or bottom part: as a :  the after end of a ship's keel or the lower end of a mast b :  the base of a tuber or cutting of a plant used for propagation c :  the base of a ladder

  6. 6 :  a contemptible person

heelless play \ˈhēl-ləs\ adjective
by the heels
  1. :  in a tight grip

down at heel or down at the heel
  1. :  in or into a run-down or shabby condition

on the heels of
  1. :  immediately following

to heel
  1. 1 :  close behind

  2. 2 :  into agreement or line

under heel
  1. :  under control or subjection



Origin of heel

Middle English, from Old English hēla; akin to Old Norse hæll heel, Old English hōh — more at hock


First Known Use: before 12th century


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heel

verb

Definition of heel

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to furnish with a heel b :  to supply especially with money

  3. 2 a :  to exert pressure on, propel, or strike with the heel <heeled her horse> b :  to urge (as a lagging animal) by following closely or by nipping at the heels <dogs heeling cattle>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to move along at someone's heels



1605

First Known Use of heel

1605


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heel

verb

Definition of heel

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to lean to one side :  tip; especially of a boat or ship :  to lean temporarily (as from the action of wind or waves) — compare list

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause (a boat) to heel



Origin of heel

alteration of Middle English heelden, from Old English hieldan; akin to Old High German hald inclined, Lithuanian šalis side, region


First Known Use: 1575


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heel

noun

Definition of heel

  1. :  a tilt (as of a boat) to one side; also :  the extent of such a tilt



1760

First Known Use of heel

1760



HEEL Defined for Kids

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heel

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noun \ˈhēl\

Definition of heel for Students

  1. 1 :  the back part of the human foot behind the arch and below the ankle

  2. 2 :  the part of an animal's limb corresponding to a person's heel

  3. 3 :  a part (as of a stocking or shoe) that covers or supports the human heel

  4. 4 :  one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread

  5. 5 :  a rear, low, or bottom part

  6. 6 :  a mean selfish person




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heel

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verb

Definition of heel for Students

heeledheeling

  1. :  to lean to one side <The boat was heeling in the wind.>




Medical Dictionary

heel

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noun \ˈhē(ə)l\

Medical Definition of heel

  1. 1a:  the back of the human foot below the ankle and behind the archb:  the back of the hind limb of other vertebrates homologous with the human heel

  2. 2:  an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel: asa:  the hind part of a hoofb:  either of the projections of a coffin bonec:  the part of the palm of the hand nearest the wrist





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