heel

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1heel

noun \ˈhēl\

Definition of HEEL

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
:  an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel; especially :  the part of the palm of the hand nearest the wrist
3
:  one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
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
:  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
:  a contemptible person
heel·less \ˈhēl-ləs\ adjective
by the heels
:  in a tight grip
down at heel or down at the heel
:  in or into a run-down or shabby condition
on the heels of
:  immediately following
to heel
1
:  close behind
2
:  into agreement or line
under heel
:  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

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

2heel

verb

Definition of HEEL

transitive verb
1
a :  to furnish with a heel
b :  to supply especially with money
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>
intransitive verb
:  to move along at someone's heels

First Known Use of HEEL

1605

3heel

verb

Definition of HEEL

intransitive verb
:  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
transitive verb
:  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

4heel

noun

Definition of HEEL

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

First Known Use of HEEL

1760

heel

noun \ˈhē(ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HEEL

1
a : the back of the human foot below the ankle and behind the arch b : the back of the hind limb of other vertebrates homologous with the human heel
2
: an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel: as a : the hind part of a hoof b : either of the projections of a coffin bone c : the part of the palm of the hand nearest the wrist

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