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foot

noun \ ˈfu̇t \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of foot

plural feet play \ˈfēt\ also foot
1 : the terminal part of the vertebrate (see 1vertebrate) leg upon which an individual stands
2 : an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment; especially : a ventral (see 1ventral 1b) muscular surface or process of a mollusk
3 : any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot; especially : a unit equal to ¹/₃ yard and comprising 12 inches plural foot used between a number and a noun
  • a 10-foot pole
plural feet or foot used between a number and an adjective
  • 6 feet tall
— see Weights and Measures Table
4 : the basic unit of verse meter consisting of any of various fixed combinations or groups of stressed and unstressed or long and short syllables
  • Each line of the poem contains five feet.
5 a : motion or power of walking or running : step
  • fleet of foot
b : speed, swiftness
  • showed early foot
6 : something resembling a foot in position or use: such as
a : the lower end of the leg of a chair or table
b (1) : the basal portion of the sporophyte in mosses
(2) : a specialized outgrowth by which the embryonic sporophyte especially of many bryophytes absorbs nourishment from the gametophyte
c : a piece on a sewing machine that presses the cloth against the feed
7 foot plural, chiefly British : infantry
8 : the lower edge (as of a sail)
9 : the lowest part : bottom
  • the foot of the hill
10 a : the end that is lower or opposite the head
  • the foot of the bed
b : the part (as of a stocking) that covers the foot
11 foots plural in form but singular or plural in construction : material deposited especially in aging or refining : dregs
12 foots plural : footlights
at one's feet
: under one's spell or influence
  • The champion loved the feeling that the world was at his feet.
foot in the door
: the initial step toward a goal
  • He took a job as a secretary to get his foot in the door.
off one's feet
: in a sitting or lying position
  • The doctor advised her to stay off her feet.
on foot
: by walking or running
  • tour the campus on foot
on one's feet
1 : in a standing position
  • He works on his feet all day.
2 : in an established position or state
  • The business is finally back on its feet.
3 : in a recovered condition (as from illness)
  • back on my feet
4 : in an extemporaneous (see extemporaneous 1a) manner : while in action
  • good debaters can think on their feet
to one's feet
: to a standing position
  • brought the crowd to its feet

Examples of foot in a Sentence

  1. He was wearing boots on his feet.

  2. tracks made by the feet of a bird

  3. The people in the crowd began to stamp their feet.

  4. They camped at the foot of the mountain.

  5. at the foot of the stairs

  6. the foot of the table

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Origin and Etymology of foot

Middle English fot, from Old English fōt; akin to Old High German fuot foot, Latin ped-, pes, Greek pod-, pous


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foot

verb

Definition of foot

intransitive verb
1 : dance
2 : to go on foot
3 of a sailboat : to make speed : move
transitive verb
1 a : to perform the movements of (a dance)
b : to walk, run, or dance on, over, or through
2 archaic
a : kick
b : reject
3 archaic : establish
4 a : to add up
b : to pay or stand credit for
  • foot the bill
5 : to make or renew the foot of
  • foot a stocking

Examples of foot in a Sentence

  1. I'll foot the bill for dinner.

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Origin and Etymology of foot

see 1foot

foot Synonyms


FOOT Defined for English Language Learners

foot

noun

Definition of foot for English Language Learners

  • : the part of the leg on which an animal or person stands and moves : the part of the leg below the ankle

  • : a unit of measurement equal to 1/3 yard (0.3048 meter) or 12 inches

  • : the lowest part of something


FOOT Defined for Kids

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foot

noun \ ˈfu̇t \

Definition of foot for Students

plural feet \ˈfēt\
1 : the end part of the leg of an animal or person : the part of an animal on which it stands or moves
2 : a unit of length equal to twelve inches (about .3 meter)
3 : the lowest or end part of something
  • foot of a hill
  • foot of the bed
on foot
: by walking
  • They traveled on foot.

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foot

verb

Definition of foot for Students

footed; footing
1 : 1walk 1
2 : 1pay 2
  • I'll foot the bill.

Medical Dictionary

foot

noun \ ˈfu̇t \

medical Definition of foot

plural feet play \ˈfēt\ also foot
1 : the terminal part of the vertebrate leg upon which an individual stands
2 : any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot; especially : a unit equal to ¹/₃ yard or 12 inches or 30.48 centimeters plural foot used between a number and a noun
  • a 10-foot pole
plural feet or foot used between a number and an adjective
  • 6 feet tall

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