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heel

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noun \ˈhēl\

Definition of heel

  1. 1a :  the back of the human foot below the ankle and behind the archb :  the part of the hind limb of other vertebrates that is similar in structure to the human heel nipping at the cow's heels

  2. 2 :  an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel; especially :  the part of the palm of the hand nearest the wrist rubbed his eyes with the heels of his hands — Warren Eyster

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

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

  5. 5 :  a rear, low, or bottom part: such asa :  the after end of a ship's keel or the lower end of a mastb :  the base of a tuber or cutting of a plant used for propagation of the plantc :  the base of a ladder

  6. 6 :  a contemptible person :  a person who is self-centered or untrustworthy felt like a heel a few heels who appear to get away with it — Frank Case

heelless

play \ˈhēl-ləs\ adjective

by the heels

  1. :  in a tight grip had the enemy by the heels

down at heel

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down at the heel

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

on the heels of

  1. :  immediately following came close on the heels of the announcement

to heel

  1. 1 :  close behind called the dog to heel

  2. 2 :  into agreement or line reluctantly came to heel help to bring inflation to heel

under heel

  1. :  under control or subjection They kept us under heel.

Origin and Etymology of heel

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


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heel

verb

Definition of heel

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to furnish (a boot, a shoe, etc.) with a solid attachment forming the part of the sole that is under the back of the foot :  to attach a heel (see 1heel 4b) tob :  to supply especially with money or information better heeled but still not flush I want to be heeled when they book him — R. P. Warren

  3. 2a :  to exert pressure on, propel, or strike (someone or something) with the back part of the foot heeled her horseb :  to urge (a lagging animal) by following closely or by nipping at the heels dogs heeling cattle

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to move along near the back of someone's feet :  to stay at someone's heels taught the dog to heel

Origin and Etymology of heel

see 1heel


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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) kept heeling to the left — compare list

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause (a boat) tolean to one side heeling the sloop well over and skimming her along to windward — K. M. Dodson

Origin and Etymology of heel

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


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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 a heel of six degrees to starboard

Origin and Etymology of heel

see 3heel



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

heeled

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heeling

  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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