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

Kremer used both his feet and arm to march his team down the field ending the drive on a Caleb Jefferson 50-50 pass in the corner of the end-zone for his second touchdown, 14-6 Newport Catholic. Theopolis Caldwell, Cincinnati.com, "Northern Kentucky football: NewCath energy carries Thoroughbreds past Campbell County," 24 Aug. 2019 Hamer told the Bay Area Reporter that the Castro has lost foot traffic in recent months for a variety of reasons, including the shutdown of other neighborhood restaurants and a rise in street crime and homelessness. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "‘Top Chef’-inspired Finn Town Tavern closing this weekend," 23 Aug. 2019 The foot impressions were then immersed in drifting sands and preserved. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 After an eight-hour shift on her feet, shuffling between a stuffy kitchen and the red vinyl booths of Broad Street Diner, Christina Munce is at a standstill in traffic. Alana Semuels, Time, "Low Wages, Sexual Harassment and Unreliable Tips. This Is Life in America’s Booming Service Industry," 22 Aug. 2019 Target and Walmart operate stores away from malls, an advantage because foot traffic is slowing at malls around the country. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Americans love Target. That's bad news for Macy's and JCPenney," 21 Aug. 2019 Comedian Ryan Niemiller and the Ndlovu Youth Choir also gave super strong performances that had the audience on their feet. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Judge Julianne Hough’s Face After Nick and Lindsay’s Performance Last Night Is Everything," 21 Aug. 2019 Lue has landed on his feet, reuniting with Rivers, his friend and mentor who gave Lue his first coaching opportunity. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue joining Los Angeles Clippers as lead assistant," 20 Aug. 2019 Construction zones are eliminating foot traffic and parking, and shop owners say rents are going up. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Downtown Oakland businesses strain under weight of apartment building boom," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Will taxpayers foot the bill for Section 8 mortgages? Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: So, the government pays homeowners’ mortgage?," 6 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, even then, generous settlements with drug firms and distributors will not foot the entire bill. The Economist, "Legal settlements alone will not solve America’s opioid crisis," 29 Aug. 2019 The audacious gambit wrong-footed the Prime Minister's opponents by shortening the time available to lawmakers to block a no-deal Brexit. Tara John, CNN, "Queen approves Boris Johnson's plan to suspend UK Parliament," 28 Aug. 2019 In the beginning, Ben would actually foot the bill for most of our dates. Marie Claire, "The $195,000 Couple Who Met on Tinder and Never Fight About Money," 8 Aug. 2019 And taxpayers foot the bill for tests that may be unnecessary or inappropriate. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Watch out for this Medicare scam involving DNA genetic tests," 3 Aug. 2019 Rossi left-footed a half volley off a long clearance from left back Jordan Harvey, the shot looping over Matt Turner into the far corner of the net. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution’s 11-game unbeaten streak halted by LAFC," 3 Aug. 2019 And taxpayers foot the bill for tests that may be unnecessary or inappropriate. NBC News, "Genetic-testing scam targets seniors and rips off Medicare," 31 July 2019 British taxpayers footed the bill for the security costs, however, which cost between $500,000 and $2 million. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie Do for a Living," 30 July 2019

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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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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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