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

Justin, on the other hand, went for a decidedly more covered look in head-to-toe blue, with a pair of track-striped jogger pants in navy and bright blue Thrasher hoodie. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin on Date With Fiancé Justin Bieber in Bra Top," 13 July 2018 With a 20-millimeter stack height (14 in the toe), the Ampezzo is on the minimal end of the spectrum. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "First Impressions: The North Face’s 2019 Gear," 11 July 2018 Along with rest, Williams recommends stretches that target the calf, Achilles, and plantar fascia—like pulling the toes back toward the shin. Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: What’s the Best Way to Treat Plantar Fasciitis?," 27 June 2018 Throw out that mismatched pair with holes in the toes and stock up on a sick pair or two for your trip. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Why Your Trip to Tokyo Should Be All About the Japanese Whisky," 25 June 2018 The film is also remembered for Bond's fight with humorless former KGB agent Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), who tries to dispatch Bond with poison in the toe of her shoe. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "Every James Bond film ranked from worst to best," 18 June 2018 Cabrera said that on William’s second day home, William bit him on the toe. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Recycle truck driver rescues hours-old kitten," 15 June 2018 In June, lab staff had to amputate the toe of a 10-year-old Rhesus macaque monkey after staff left its cage too close to another monkey’s, according to a USDA inspection report. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "UC Berkeley researchers’ errors resulted in deaths of 22 lab animals," 16 May 2018 The metatarsal bones run between the midfoot and the toes. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Washington Redskins stock up on Alabama defenders," 29 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Having made millions slugging it out toe to toe with Ma Bell, Theodore Gary would have been a good interview. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Kansas City has been dialed in to telephone innovations from the very beginning," 2 June 2018 Auburn returns to the field Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Troy, with left-hander Andrew Mitchell toeing the rubber for the Tigers. Tom Green, AL.com, "Brendan Venter's walk-off single lifts Auburn baseball past Georgia State," 21 Feb. 2018 Kavanaugh has been able to ‘‘toe a moderate line’’ while issuing predominantly conservative opinions, said legal scholar Adam Feldman. Michael Kranish And Ann E. Marimow, BostonGlobe.com, "From Clinton to Trump: How Brett Kavanaugh navigated through some of Washington’s biggest scandals," 10 July 2018 The prosecution motion describes the wounds stretching from head to toe as bruises, abrasions, red dots, scabs, cuts and a traumatic brain injury. Garrett Therolf, latimes.com, "Anthony Avalos was extensively tortured over days before dying, prosecutors allege," 4 July 2018 Windermere junior left-hander Bryce Hubbart (5-3) stood toe to toe with Ragosta through four innings. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hagerty blanks Windermere in 8A baseball," 9 May 2018 Alexander Hamilton goes toe to toe with James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Aaron Burr. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Philadelphia museums: Crocs and Minecraft on the Parkway, revamped Penn Museum, and more highlights for spring," 23 Jan. 2018 You’re being whipped by your party to toe the line. Amy S. Rosenberg, Philly.com, "A female Navy pilot, a pro-gun dentist, the guy Christie told to shut up: New Jersey on national stage in Tuesday's primary," 1 June 2018 James Paxton will toe the rubber for the Mariners, and Alex Reyes will make his 2018 debut. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Joe Musgrove Will Be a Staple of the Pirates Rotation If He Can Command His Cutter," 30 May 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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Dictionary Entries near toe

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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