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shoe

noun \ ˈshü \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of shoe

1 a : an outer covering for the human foot typically having a thick or stiff sole with an attached heel and an upper part of lighter material (such as leather)
b : a metal plate or rim for the hoof of an animal
2 : something resembling a shoe in function or placement
3 shoes plural : another's place, function, or viewpoint
  • steps from assistant stage manager into the star's shoes
  • —Steven Fuller
4 : a device that retards, stops, or controls the motion of an object; especially : the part of a brake that presses on the brake drum
5 a : any of various devices that are inserted in or run along a track or groove to guide a movement, provide a contact or friction grip, or protect against wear, damage, or slipping
b : a device (such as a clip or track) on a camera that permits attachment of an accessory item (such as a flash unit)
6 : a dealing box designed to hold several decks of playing cards

shoeless

adjective

Examples of shoe in a Sentence

  1. She bought a pair of shoes.

  2. He took off his shoes and socks.

  3. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes right now.

  4. Anyone in her shoes would have done the same thing.

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Origin and Etymology of shoe

Middle English shoo, from Old English scōh; akin to Old High German scuoh shoe


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shoe

verb

Definition of shoe

shod play \ˈshäd\ also shoed play \ˈshüd\; shoeing play \ˈshü-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to furnish with a shoe
2 : to cover for protection, strength, or ornament

Examples of shoe in a Sentence

  1. The blacksmith shod the horse.

  2. The horse was taken to be shod.

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First Known Use of shoe

before 12th century



SHOE Defined for English Language Learners

shoe

noun

Definition of shoe for English Language Learners

  • : an outer covering for your foot that usually has a stiff bottom part called a sole with a thicker part called a heel attached to it and an upper part that covers part or all of the top of your foot

  • shoes : another person's situation or position

  • : a flat U-shaped piece of iron that is nailed to the bottom of a horse's hoof


shoe

verb

Definition of shoe for English Language Learners

  • : to put a horseshoe on (a horse)


SHOE Defined for Kids

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shoe

noun \ ˈshü \

Definition of shoe for Students

1 : an outer covering for the human foot usually having a thick and somewhat stiff sole and heel and a lighter upper part
2 : horseshoe 1

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shoe

verb

Definition of shoe for Students

shod \ˈshäd\ also shoed \ˈshüd\; shoeing
: to put a shoe or horseshoe on : furnish with shoes
  • Her feet were shod in golden shoes with pointy tips.
  • —Avi, Crispin


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