fore·foot | \ˈfȯr-ˌfu̇t \

Definition of forefoot 

1a : one of the anterior feet especially of a quadruped

b : the front part of the human foot also : the front part of a shoe

2 : the forward part of a ship where the stem and keel meet

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The breathable mesh upper fits snug around the forefoot to mitigate blisters and dead toenails. Outside Online, "The Best Summer Race Kit of 2018," 15 May 2018 The stretchy mesh tongue and forefoot expedite evaporation, should water rise above the low cuff. Outside Online, "The Best Water Shoes of 2018," 15 May 2018 The 1993 original, dubbed the Gel-Kayano Trainer, launched with two different styles of gel in the rearfoot and forefoot. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How Running Shoes Changed Over 25 Years," 21 May 2018 As a forefoot striker, Gallegos puts significantly more pressure on the front of his feet, which causes his shoes to wear down at a much quicker pace. Allen Kim, CNN, "Air Justins? Runner with cerebral palsy inspires Nike line," 16 May 2018 Designer Jason Petrie put visible Air Max on the heel and Zoom Air in the forefoot. Jarrel Harris,, "Ranking All 15 of LeBron James's Signature Sneakers," 16 Apr. 2018 The shoe also features a TPU plate under the lateral forefoot, which helps with hard lateral cuts and works with the strap to keep the foot secure when CP3 needs to stop on a dime. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Paul unveiled his latest signature shoe during Tuesday's win over Portland," 21 Mar. 2018 There’s more of this Continental rubber on the forefoot in the Adios 3 than the 2. The Si Staff,, "The Best Men's Running Shoes 2017," 4 Apr. 2017 His practice includes ankle arthroscopy, fractures, Achilles tendon disorders, total ankle replacement and forefoot reconstruction. Orthocincy,, "Foot and Ankle Surgery and Sports Medicine: Dr. Nicholas T. Gates," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of forefoot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of forefoot

: either one of the front feet of a four-footed animal


fore·foot | \ˈfȯr-ˌfu̇t \
plural forefeet\-ˌfēt \

Kids Definition of forefoot

: one of the front feet of an animal with four feet


fore·foot | \-ˌfu̇t \

Medical Definition of forefoot 

1 : one of the anterior feet especially of a quadruped

2 : the front part of the human foot

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