heel

noun (1)
\ˈhēl \

Definition of heel 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : the back of the human foot below the ankle and behind the arch

b : the part of the hind limb of other vertebrates that is similar in structure to the human heel nipping at the cow's heels

2 : an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel especially : the part of the palm of the hand nearest the wrist rubbed his eyes with the heels of his hands — Warren Eyster

3 : one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread

4a : the part (as of a shoe) that covers the human heel

b : a solid attachment of a shoe or boot forming the back of the sole under the heel of the foot squashed the bug with his boot heel

5 : a rear, low, or bottom part: such as

a : the after end of a ship's keel or the lower end of a mast

b : the base of a tuber or cutting of a plant used for propagation of the plant

c : the base of a ladder

6a : a contemptible person : a person who is self-centered or untrustworthy felt like a heel a few heels who appear to get away with it— Frank Case

b professional wrestling : a wrestler who performs the role of the unsympathetic antagonist or adversary in a staged wrestling match In the traditional morality plays of professional wrestling, grapplers divided into good guys, or "baby faces," and black-hatted "heels."— John Leland — compare baby face sense 2

by the heels

: in a tight grip had the enemy by the heels

down at heel or down at the heel

: in or into a run-down or shabby condition His slippers were down at the heel.

on the heels of

: immediately following came close on the heels of the announcement

to heel

1 : close behind called the dog to heel

2 : into agreement or line reluctantly came to heel help to bring inflation to heel

under heel

: under control or subjection They kept us under heel.

heel

verb (1)
heeled; heeling; heels

Definition of heel (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to furnish (a boot, a shoe, etc.) with a solid attachment forming the part of the sole that is under the back of the foot : to attach a heel (see heel entry 1 sense 4b) to

b : to supply especially with money or information better heeled but still not flush I want to be heeled when they book him— R. P. Warren

2a : to exert pressure on, propel, or strike (someone or something) with the back part of the foot heeled her horse

b : to urge (a lagging animal) by following closely or by nipping at the heels dogs heeling cattle

intransitive verb

: to move along near the back of someone's feet : to stay at someone's heels taught the dog to heel

heel

verb (2)
heeled; heeling; heels

Definition of heel (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to lean to one side : tip especially, of a boat or ship : to lean temporarily (as from the action of wind or waves) kept heeling to the left — compare list entry 3

transitive verb

: to cause (a boat) tolean to one side heeling the sloop well over and skimming her along to windward— K. M. Dodson

heel

noun (2)

Definition of heel (Entry 4 of 4)

: a tilt (as of a boat) to one side also : the extent of such a tilt a heel of six degrees to starboard

Other Words from heel

Noun (1)

heelless \ˈhēl-ləs \ adjective

First Known Use of heel

Noun (1)

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

Verb (1)

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

circa 1575, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

1622, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heel

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English hēla; akin to Old Norse hæll heel, Old English hōh — more at hock

Verb (1)

see heel entry 1

Verb (2)

alteration of Middle English heelden, from Old English hieldan; akin to Old High German hald inclined, Lithuanian šalis side, region

Noun (2)

see heel entry 3

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More Definitions for heel

heel

noun
\ˈhēl \

Kids Definition of heel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the back part of the human foot behind the arch and below the ankle

2 : the part of an animal's limb corresponding to a person's heel

3 : a part (as of a stocking or shoe) that covers or supports the human heel

4 : one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread

5 : a rear, low, or bottom part

6 : a mean selfish person

heel

verb
heeled; heeling

Kids Definition of heel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to lean to one side The boat was heeling in the wind.

heel

noun
\ˈhē(ə)l \

Medical Definition of heel 

1a : the back of the human foot below the ankle and behind the arch

b : the back of the hind limb of other vertebrates homologous with the human heel

2 : an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel: as

a : the hind part of a hoof

b : either of the projections of a coffin bone

c : the part of the palm of the hand nearest the wrist

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