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

To make working memristors, two of these blocks were placed with the lines facing each other, creating a tic-tac-toe-like grid with nine points of intersection. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts," 14 Nov. 2018 Wear them with your fave VS Fantasy Bra dupe to shimmer from top to toe. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Converse and Chiara Ferragni Collaborate on Glittery Sneaker Collection," 11 Nov. 2018 Mzee’s toe wiggle was the result of months of physical training and a device that delivers pulses of electrical stimulation to Mzee’s spinal cord. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Spinal implants help treat paralysis but aren’t ready for primetime," 3 Nov. 2018 View this post on Instagram Life | imitates | art A post shared by Zoë Kravitz (@zoeisabellakravitz) on Oct 28, 2018 at 4:58pm PDT While Kravitz is naked from head to toe on the cover itself, Bonet was a little more covered up by a shirt. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Zoe Kravitz Posed Naked in 'Rolling Stone' to Honor Her Mom's Iconic Cover," 29 Oct. 2018 Meghan accessorized with black closed-toe espadrilles by Castañer and an oversized clutch made by local women. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Pink Ruffled Dress with Pom-Poms by Figue in Fiji," 23 Oct. 2018 At $46, the heating pad is on the pricier side, but really, that's a small price to pay for toasty toes. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "People Are Obsessed With This $46 Heating Pad That’s Like a Sleeping Bag for Your Feet," 15 Oct. 2018 The hotel, which underwent a head-to-toe renovation in 2017, now sports a fresh take on coastal New England glam as envisioned by noted designer Peter Neimitz. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 Roll orange fondant and cut circles to serve as eyes and toes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 As head of the California Air Resources Board, 73-year-old Mary Nichols is arguably the state’s most powerful weapon in its war with President Donald Trump over the its plan to combat climate change and have automakers toe the California line. John Lippert, The Seattle Times, "She may bring cookies, but California clean-air regulator is powerful and blunt," 27 May 2018 As the head of the board, the 73-year-old Nichols is arguably California’s most powerful weapon in its war with President Donald Trump over the state’s plan to combat climate change and have automakers toe the California line. John Lippert, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Has an Auto Emissions Plan. This Negotiator Calls It ‘Crap’," 23 May 2018 Photo: Getty Images Lanvin’s patent-leather-toed lace-up debuted in 2005, and is widely considered the patient zero of this current designer-sneaker moment. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Sneakers Rule Men’s Fashion. Even Ugly Sneakers," 22 June 2018 Beijing has also focused its attention on companies that don't toe its line on Taiwan. Katie Hunt, CNN, "China's ramping up pressure on Taiwan," 28 May 2018 So four times during the tight fourth quarter Friday night against the New York Knicks, the 2015 second-round pick out of Tennessee toed the line and converted without a miss. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Josh Richardson toes the line and Heat reap the benefits," 6 Jan. 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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Todt

Todus

tody

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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