instep

noun
in·​step | \ ˈin-ˌstep How to pronounce instep (audio) \

Definition of instep

1 : the arched middle portion of the human foot in front of the ankle joint especially : its upper surface
2 : the part of a shoe or stocking that fits over the instep

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Examples of instep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To keep the instep comfortable, some FitFlop sandals have padded or cushioned straps, like FitFlop Ritzy Slide Sandal. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, 7 Mar. 2021 Tucked into the instep of the Pugliese heel is the region's second largest city, Taranto. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Their elastic instep and ankle straps also contribute to their secure fit by ensuring your feet and ankles are supported and in perfect alignment. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2021 The Kenzie slide sandals by Universal Thread feature an instep top band for a comfortable fit that stays on your feet, open-toe, open-back, and contoured footbed shape for all-day comfort. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 Keprotec instep patches limit wear and tear from boots and ski edges, and adjustable pant cuffs with elastic hooks keep snow off your boots. Outdoor Life, 24 Feb. 2021 The rear seat is low, typical for a Honda, and the foot space under the front buckets is tight on the instep. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2020 The profile is pleasingly neutral, and the split tongue provides some flexibility in the fit over the instep. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, 29 Oct. 2020 And the wide Velcro patch affords a range of adjustability, not only in how tight the shoe is but where most of the pressure hits; stick the corresponding tab (connected to two thin straps) farther forward or back to suit your particular instep. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of instep

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2021

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“Instep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/instep. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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instep

noun

English Language Learners Definition of instep

: the raised middle part of the top of your foot between the toes and the ankle
: the part of a shoe, sock, etc., that fits over the instep

instep

noun
in·​step | \ ˈin-ˌstep How to pronounce instep (audio) \

Kids Definition of instep

: the arched middle part of the human foot between the ankle and the toes

instep

noun
in·​step | \ ˈin-ˌstep How to pronounce instep (audio) \

Medical Definition of instep

: the arched middle portion of the human foot in front of the ankle joint especially : its upper surface

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