toe

noun
\ ˈtō How to pronounce toe (audio) \

Definition of toe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : one of the terminal members of the vertebrate foot
(2) : the fore end of a foot or hoof
b : a terminal segment of a limb of an invertebrate
c : the forepart of something worn on the foot the toe of a boot
2 : a part that by its position or form is felt to resemble a toe the toe of Italy : such as
a : a lateral projection at one end or between the ends of a piece (such as a rod or bolt)
b : the lowest part (as of an embankment, dam, or cliff)
3 : toe dance
on one's toes toe to toe
: facing one another

toe

verb
toed; toeing

Definition of toe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to touch, reach, or drive with the toe toe a football
2 : to furnish with a toe toe a sock
3 : to drive (something, such as a nail) obliquely also : to clinch or fasten by or with nails or rods so driven

intransitive verb

1 : tiptoe
2 : to stand, walk, or be placed so that the toes assume an indicated position or direction toe in
toe the line or toe the mark
: to conform rigorously to a rule or standard

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Other Words from toe

Noun

toeless \ -​ləs How to pronounce toeless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of toe in a Sentence

Noun

He felt the sand between his toes. I accidentally stepped on her toe. I stubbed my toe on the table's leg. My sock has a hole in the toe. the toe of her boot the toe of the peninsula

Verb

She toed off her shoes. The pitcher toed the rubber.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Block Boot is the closest iteration to the classic Ugg silhouette (except for the aforementioned box toe). Teen Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta and Ugg Released the Campaign for Their Autumn Winter 2019 Collaboration," 7 Aug. 2019 Umpires allowed the right-hander to go to the clubhouse so trainers could tape the toe and insert a pad in his shoe to reduce friction, causing a five-minute delay. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Angels survive a couple of scares to Jaime Barria and Luke Bard in loss," 4 Aug. 2019 The toe of Valdez Glacier, where the bodies of three boaters were found this week, had become particularly dangerous, said a guide who had altered his own tour route due to the glacier’s increasing instability. Author: Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska glacier where boaters were found dead had recently become prone to calving, guide says," 2 Aug. 2019 Responders recovered the bodies four hours later near the toe of the glacier, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Fox News, "3 German tourists in Alaska found dead in glacial lake," 1 Aug. 2019 Dance Captain Corey Stanley keeps the toe tapping steady and true when dancers fill the stage. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "“Shrek: The Musical” Opens At Bradley Playhouse," 1 Aug. 2019 According to the outlet, two of the bodies were floating in the water near the toe of Valdez Glacier, while the third body was found on an ice floe. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "3 German Tourists Found Dead Near Alaskan Glacier by a Kayak Guide Giving a Group Tour," 31 July 2019 Officials in the port city of Valdez say they were found near the toe of Valdez Glacier. CBS News, "3 kayakers found dead on Alaskan glacial lake," 31 July 2019 Though the beat is quite dynamic, with synths and a toe-tapping bass line, the clip takes a darker turn, following closely with the lyrical meaning. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Rence & Noah Cyrus Unveil Moody New 'Expensive' Video: Watch," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This week Europe’s dream of going toe to toe with homegrown investment banks in the world’s deepest capital market came to a shuddering end with the capitulation of Deutsche Bank. The Economist, "Deutsche Bank’s retreat ends European hopes of conquering Wall Street," 11 July 2019 Liverpool will go toe-to-toe with Napoli on Sunday at Murrayfield as the Reds reach the final stages of their pre-season preparations. SI.com, "Napoli vs Liverpool Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 26 July 2019 Nike, Dolce & Gabbana, Mercedes Benz, and Samsung are just a handful of examples of foreign companies that have also been pilloried for not toeing China’s ideological line. Mary Hui, Quartz, "A sports drink called Pocari Sweat is caught in the middle of a Hong Kong-China spat," 11 July 2019 And the supporting cast playing the friendly Swedes – especially the cryptic Maja (Isabelle Grill), who takes an interest in Christian – are quite good at toeing the fine line between sweet and sinister. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Hereditary' director's 'Midsommar' is a nightmarish take on a toxic relationship," 1 July 2019 Some of them are upset with King Adbullah (pictured) for not toeing the line on regional matters. The Economist, "King Abdullah of Jordan fears that old allies are ditching him," 6 June 2019 Most runners arrive near dinnertime to watch the costume parade before toeing the line for a 10 p.m. start. Carly Graf, Outside Online, "10 Fun Runs to Sign Up for This Summer," 22 May 2018 Like anyone who writes about this stuff, I’ve been accused of toeing some imaginary company line, but that’s not the case. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Donald Trump defends Sinclair Broadcast Group's 'fake news' manifesto (of course he does)," 2 Apr. 2018 Thanks to your youth, no one can accuse you of toeing a party line in the town halls and candlelight vigils, or on Twitter and CNN, where grief powers your clarity. Ronnie Polaneczky, Philly.com, "Turn down Hollywood money, Parkland. You don't need it | Ronnie Polaneczky," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of toe

Noun

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

Verb

1660, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for toe

Noun

Middle English to, from Old English ; akin to Old High German zēha toe

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toe

toea

to each his own

toe-and-heel

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toe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of toe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the five separate parts at the end of your foot
: the part of a shoe or sock that covers the front part of your foot
: something that is shaped like a toe

toe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of toe (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : to touch, reach, or kick (something) with your toe or with the end of your foot

toe

noun
\ ˈtō How to pronounce toe (audio) \

Kids Definition of toe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the separate parts of the front end of a foot
2 : the front end or part of a foot or hoof
3 : the front end of something worn on the foot

Other Words from toe

toed \ ˈtōd \ adjective five-toed

toe

verb
toed; toeing

Kids Definition of toe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to touch, reach, or kick with the toes

toe

noun
\ ˈtō How to pronounce toe (audio) \

Medical Definition of toe

: one of the terminal members of a vertebrate's foot

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