toe

noun
\ ˈtō \

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 \ 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

Queen Bey’s starpower and unpredictability keep her fans on their toes and always prepared. Phillip Henry, Teen Vogue, "Five Years Later, Beyoncé's Surprise Album Is Still One of the Most Important Moments in Music," 13 Dec. 2018 My toes would lose feeling twenty minutes into the two-hour affair, my back would sing, my neck would stiffen. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Joys of Shoveling Snow," 3 Dec. 2018 Four years ago, Harkema's team made headlines when a few patients implanted with spinal stimulators — originally developed to treat pain — were able to wiggle their toes, move their legs and briefly stand. Fox News, "Paralyzed patients take first steps after implant, intense rehab," 25 Sep. 2018 Renting out an extra room to tourists through Airbnb is like dipping your toes into the scary waters of the sharing economy; buying a home that’s specifically designed to be split up and commodified is more akin to diving in headfirst. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Airbnb will start designing — and selling — homes," 30 Nov. 2018 The pair will be joined by tennis star Serena Williams, who’s also been dipping her toes into the world of fashion this year, as well as Gucci creative director, Alessandra Michele. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Lady Gaga Will Host Next Year's Met Gala With Harry Styles and Serena Williams," 10 Oct. 2018 For a prime example, look to triple nominee SZA, who stepped onto the 2018 MTV VMAs red carpet with her toes painted a show-stopping shade of neon yellow. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "This VMAs Triple Nominee Just Turned the Perfect Clashing Pedicure Into a Red Carpet Win," 21 Aug. 2018 Looking straight ahead, bend at both the hips and knees, ensuring that your knees remain in line with your toes. Yolanda Edwards, Condé Nast Traveler, "Super Trainer Kayla Itsines on Staying in Shape at 35,000 Feet," 23 July 2018 Then step your feet wider than your hips, with toes pointing slightly toward the corners and hands on hips. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Got 5 minutes? You have time to exercise," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That means many of the top elite runners, both in the U.S. and elsewhere, toe the line in NYC every November. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Watching the 2018 New York City Marathon," 25 Oct. 2018 While Harding was a rough-around-the-edges athlete in a sport in which most toed the line in the 1990s, she still was given opportunity after opportunity to represent the United States around the world. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Brennan: Allison Janney misguided in defense of Tonya Harding," 11 Jan. 2018 Here, there are no dads toeing the start line pushing strollers, no goody bags and no water breaks. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "Road Race of the Superwomen," 5 July 2018 Replacing his experience will pose a challenge as Houston continues to try and go toe to toe with Golden State in the West. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Grades: Suns Maintain Long-Term Flexibility With Locker Room Addition of Trevor Ariza," 1 July 2018 There are 5,388 people toeing the start line today, and everyone is in a frenzy—waiting impatiently for portable toilets, slurping last-minute gels, shedding layers, filling drop-bags, bouncing around to keep warm on this 10-degree morning. SELF, "The Day We Met We Made a Pact to Finish a 50K Ski Race Together and We Actually Did It," 17 Mar. 2018 The lobby at this Beverly Hills icon toes the line between Old World and modern, done up in marble floors, soothing earth tones, wingback chairs, and dark wood furnishings. Brooke Porter Katz, Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Hotels in Los Angeles," 1 Mar. 2018 Sun Juong laid awake long after Soo Jin had elicited promises of secrecy and tip-toed back to her own room. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018 Following a jumper by Middleton that put the Bucks ahead by one, Bledsoe picked off a pass by Jarrett Jack, somehow tip-toed the sideline to stay in bounds then kicked a pass back to Tony Snell, who fired up a three-pointer. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 115, Knicks 102: It's the Eric Bledsoe show in the Big Apple," 7 Apr. 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)

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

toe

noun
\ ˈtō \

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 \

Medical Definition of toe

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

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