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

Women of all ethnicities, ages and styles stand heel to toe, snaking along what may be the ultimate democratic experience: the bathroom line. Laura Dimon, New York Times, "New York’s Hottest Makeup Counter: The Port Authority Bathroom," 23 Aug. 2019 Women of all ethnicities, ages, and styles stand heel to toe, snaking along what may be the ultimate democratic experience: the bathroom line. Laura Dimon, BostonGlobe.com, "New York’s hottest makeup counter: The Port Authority bathroom," 22 Aug. 2019 This and that: Hersey is eager to have junior defender Tommy Steger (toe) back at full strength this year. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "Pioneer Press 2019 boys soccer preview: Mid-Suburban League," 17 Aug. 2019 The saga is, from head to toe, deeply strange and oh so unnecessarily dramatic. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Antonio Brown’s helmet drama is stranger than fiction — but don’t feel bad for the Raiders," 9 Aug. 2019 While they're all dressed in a similar theme, with silk and mesh blacks from head to toe, each exude a different energy — all generally upbeat and sincere, but nevertheless distinct. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "K-Pop Group Seventeen Is More Than Just A Number," 25 July 2019 But lizards have five toes, suggesting the sample belonged to a bird instead. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, "This ancient bird sported a ginormous toe," 11 July 2019 The bird has three toes, all pointed in the same direction, a long, thin beak, and the feathers at the center of its tail are long and straight. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New study takes a bird’s-eye view of the Nasca Lines," 20 June 2019 They were hung on the racks head to toe, with eyeglasses for each outfit on an upper shelf and matching shoes on a lower rack. Vance Muse, Houston Chronicle, "Houston socialite Lynn Wyatt recalls her times hanging out with friend Elton John," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chinese companies are usually very good at toeing the ruling Communist Party’s line on political issues like the Hong Kong protests. Jane Li, Quartz, "Why a Chinese smartphone ad drew Beijing’s ire over Hong Kong protests," 27 Aug. 2019 Never has there been a quarterback in Cleveland to toe the line between cocky and confident so masterfully. Hayden Grove, cleveland.com, "Cleveland, it’s time to be a bit more like Baker Mayfield: Hayden Grove," 20 Aug. 2019 Daniel Mengden toed the rubber having walked just one batter and toting a 3.38 ERA over four straight victories. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Liam Hendriks’ scoreless streak ends, Athletics lose in ninth," 21 July 2019 The brand has always successfully toed the line between heritage sportswear and outdoors clothing. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Fila's Newest Collection Will Get You Outside ASAP," 18 July 2019 Aidan Broussard, Dominic Santilli, Jonathan Neel, Christian Rivera and Matthew Fernandez all toed the rubber for NASA-Orange. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "NASA-Orange 13s open South Zone Tournament by defeating Louisiana team," 17 July 2019 After about 30 minutes, starting pitcher Danny Parks could finally toe the rubber. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "As the end of the PawSox era looms, memories of the Longest Game stay with us," 12 July 2019 But Marion Marechal, a former star lawmaker who’s still only in her 20s, is now tip-toeing back into the political arena, and is already causing trouble. Washington Post, "Rising French far-right star resurfaces and flirts with fire," 8 July 2019 Ansari masterfully toed the line, always leaning the funny and avoiding the outright offensive. NBC News, "Stephanie Ruhle: A Gen Xer and a millennial discuss Aziz Ansari's #MeToo comeback," 7 July 2019

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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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