foot

noun
\ ˈfu̇t How to pronounce foot (audio) \
plural feet\ ˈfēt How to pronounce feet (audio) \ also foot

Definition of foot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the terminal part of the vertebrate (see vertebrate entry 1) leg upon which an individual stands
2 : an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment especially : a ventral (see ventral entry 1 sense 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.
5a : 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
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 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 sense 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

foot

verb
footed; footing; foots

Definition of foot (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : dance
2 : to go on foot
3 of a sailboat : to make speed : move

transitive verb

1a : 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
4a : to add up
b : to pay or stand credit for foot the bill
5 : to make or renew the foot of foot a stocking

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Synonyms & Antonyms for foot

Synonyms: Noun

base, basement, bottom, nadir, rock bottom

Synonyms: Verb

ante (up), balance, clear, discharge, liquidate, meet, pay, pay off, pay up, pony up, quit, recompense, settle, spring (for), stand

Antonyms: Noun

head, top, vertex

Antonyms: Verb

repudiate

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Examples of foot in a Sentence

Noun

He was wearing boots on his feet. tracks made by the feet of a bird The people in the crowd began to stamp their feet. They camped at the foot of the mountain. at the foot of the stairs the foot of the table

Verb

I'll foot the bill for dinner.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So, who might fill his shoes and sweep the schoolteacher off her feet? Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart' Hints Elizabeth Thatcher Is Ready to Move on After Jack's Death," 12 May 2019 It is expected to dump snow into portions of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, with some areas seeing as much as 2 feet of snow. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Brutal Spring Snow Storm Is Going to Slam 200 Million People Across the U.S. This Week," 9 Apr. 2019 On a recent Saturday morning, 8-year-old Sara Caldicott tied her skates, left foot first, then right, sitting on a bench at the Rockville Ice Arena in Maryland. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "For Many Girls, Figure Skating Loses Its Edge to Hockey," 5 Mar. 2019 When Jennifer Kupcho nailed a 30-foot birdie putt to win the tournament by four strokes over Mexico’s Maria Fassi, the throngs of fans surrounding the 18th green leapt to their feet; Kupcho and Fassi hugged, wept, hugged some more. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "At the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, a Changing of the Guard—And a Changing of the Game," 11 Apr. 2019 The National Museum is scheduled to open in about one month, and for the first time the press is allowed a foot in the door. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 There, after a 50-second elevator, visitors can experience the MahaNakhon Glass Tray, a transparent observation deck that cantilevers more than 1,000 feet in the air, undoubtedly serving up the best views of downtown Bangkok. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "‘Glass tray’ observation deck now open in Thailand’s tallest building," 11 Dec. 2018 The march was completed in 29 hours and four minutes at an average speed of two miles an hour--about the speed of a cautious foot patrol. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Grizzly Is a Rugged Tank Robot That Could Carry a Soldier’s Stuff," 29 Mar. 2019 My feet never get tired, even after wandering around the city for 20K steps or more. Glamour, "I’m So Glad I Bought These Sneakers After I Saw Meghan Markle Wear Them," 21 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

People reported last year that Jonathan revealed who foots the bill on Brother vs. Brother, when there isn't yet a homeowner to groan over the expenses. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Jonathan Scott Reveals Who Pays for the Renovations on "Brother vs. Brother"," 23 May 2018 Taxpayers foot the $26,000 bill for lights, generators, and tent rental. Nick Tabor, Daily Intelligencer, "501 Days in Swampland," 1 Apr. 2018 When a 5-year-old girl in Shanghai suffered brain damage late last year after falling off a bunk bed, millions of strangers all over China helped foot her surgical bills. WSJ, "Can’t Afford Surgery? In China, Millions Chip In Half a Penny to Cover You," 20 Apr. 2019 While rising temperatures have caught many industries flat-footed, coffee companies have responded in force, bolstering their presence on the ground in coffee-growing countries like Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Indonesia. Justin Worland/alajuela, Time, "Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?," 21 June 2018 Sandler, father of the bride, is a Long Island contractor struggling to foot the bill for the wedding. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Robert Smigel on the unusually naturalistic Adam Sandler Netflix comedy 'The Week Of'," 27 Apr. 2018 Consumers in more than a dozen states would have been stuck footing the bill. Ari Natter And Catherine Traywick, Houston Chronicle, "Regulators reject Rick Perry's plan to aid coal industry," 8 Jan. 2018 All three have been wrong-footed by changes in consumer tastes and competition. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Beer, Bras and Brats," 27 Feb. 2019 The company has been caught flat-footed in the past in not keeping up with trends in beverages. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of foot

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for foot

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of foot was before the 12th century

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foot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foot

: 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

noun
\ ˈfu̇t How to pronounce foot (audio) \
plural feet\ ˈfēt \

Kids Definition of foot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

foot

verb
footed; footing

Kids Definition of foot (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : pay entry 1 sense 2 I'll foot the bill.

foot

noun
\ ˈfu̇t How to pronounce foot (audio) \
plural feet\ ˈfēt How to pronounce feet (audio) \ also foot

Medical Definition of 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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