instep

noun

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

Illustration of instep

Illustration of instep
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Examples of instep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The breathable mesh also supports your insteps so your feet are always secure inside your shoes. Karthika Gupta, Travel + Leisure, 21 Mar. 2024 Striking with the instep rather than just the toe of the boot allows kickers to put more surface area on the ball, giving them more control over the flight path. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2024 The slit evolved with laces and moved to the instep. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2023 The rugged outsole features a deep tread for uncompromised traction and reinforcement on the instep, heel, and Achilles. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 Comfort comes from a breathable polyurethane (PU) footbed, a cushioned midsole, and a shock diffusion plate that helps protect the more delicate instep area of the foot. Bob Beacham, Field & Stream, 1 Nov. 2023 The new-and-improved model features a narrower heel pocket, a shallower forefoot profile, a lower instep area, and a refined outsole designed to prevent overpronation. Sarah Maberry, Town & Country, 11 July 2023 One of the biggest failure points of a gaiter is the instep strap. Outside Online, 27 Aug. 2021 The strategically padded heel collar locks down the rearfoot, and the tongue is thinner, enhancing the hold around the instep. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of instep was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Instep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/instep. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

instep

noun
in·​step ˈin-ˌstep How to pronounce instep (audio)
1
: the arched middle part of the human foot
2
: the part of a shoe or stocking that fits over the instep

Medical Definition

instep

noun
in·​step ˈin-ˌstep How to pronounce instep (audio)
: the arched middle portion of the human foot in front of the ankle joint
especially : its upper surface

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