Definition of foot
(Entry 1 of 2)
1 : the terminal part of the vertebrate (see vertebrate entry 1) leg upon which an individual stands
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.
5a : motion or power of walking or running : step fleet of foot
6 : something resembling a foot in position or use: such as
a : the lower end of the leg of a chair or table
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
10a : 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 feetfoot in the dooroff one's feeton footon one's feetto one's feet
: under one's spell or influence The champion loved the feeling that the world was at his feet.
: the initial step toward a goal He took a job as a secretary to get his foot in the door.
: in a sitting or lying position The doctor advised her to stay off her feet.
: by walking or running tour the campus on foot
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 sense 1a) manner : while in action good debaters can think on their feet
: to a standing position brought the crowd to its feet
footed; footing; foots
Definition of foot (Entry 2 of 2)
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