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

These plants require at least 3,200 feet of isolation to prevent cross pollination. oregonlive, "How to save seed from the garden for planting next year," 17 Sep. 2019 Flores was hit on the shoulder while Rojas and Lamb were both hit on a foot by breaking balls. David Brandt, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins score five runs in top of seventh to take lead, but give up four in bottom of inning to fall to Diamondbacks," 17 Sep. 2019 The conventional homes, which range from 600 to 1,200 square feet, will cost from $111,000 to $190,000. Washington Post, "Colorado towns take action to preserve mobile home parks," 17 Sep. 2019 The project within the monument includes a new steel bollard fence running continuously for 9.1 miles, and the fencing will be reinforced with an 8- to 10 foot-deep concrete-and-steel foundation. Juliet Eilperin, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, park service finds," 17 Sep. 2019 He was born with a club foot and wore leg braces throughout his childhood, his brother said. Dan Simon, CNN, "He was a Yale graduate, Wall Street banker and entrepreneur. Today he's homeless in Los Angeles," 17 Sep. 2019 Last week, a few miles from the Pentagon, at a dance studio in a strip mall, Sean Spicer slid several feet on his knees across a polished wooden floor. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, "Dancing with Sean Spicer," 17 Sep. 2019 According to Francie Diep of the New York Times, most humans’ neural foot maps do not differentiate between individual toes. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Inside the Brains of Artists Who Paint With Their Feet," 17 Sep. 2019 Whereas 20 years ago, wells averaged about 270 feet, Riverview has drilled dozens of its wells deeper than 1,000 feet, according to the state’s well registry. Andrew Stern, NBC News, "Draining Arizona: Residents say corporate mega-farms are drying up their wells," 17 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski’s left-footed shot from the left side of the box was denied by Rimando in the 20th minute. Field Level Media, The Mercury News, "San Jose Earthquakes blanked at Real Salt Lake in key MLS match," 11 Sep. 2019 In fact, Bou is listed with 78 career goals, five left-footed, on transfermarkt.com. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "MLS season could have a Hollywood ending for LAFC," 26 Aug. 2019 Harris came off her line and cut down the angle and saved Rodriguez’s left-footed shot and deflected it off the goal post. Luis Torres, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride fall 2-0 to Utah Royals FC despite Alex Morgan’s return," 18 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, millions of sisters, cousins, college roommates, and lifelong best friends are footing the bill. Hope Corrigan, Quartzy, "Today’s bachelorette parties have everything—except budgets," 6 Sep. 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 In 2015, Wynn became the first company to agree to help subsidize T operations — about $7.4 million over 15 years — which foots the bill for extra staff and service on nights and weekends. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "The Encore casino has placed a multimillion-dollar bet to get people out of cars," 20 June 2019 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

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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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