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

Her opponent was the unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova, and Strycova didn’t even get a toe in the door. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Serena Williams Rocks, Then Rolls at Wimbledon," 11 July 2019 Both lawmakers’ districts put a toe across the Jefferson County line, and under Alabama’s legislative rules, that makes them members of the delegation — and gives Republicans a delegation majority in a Democratic county. al.com, "With gerrymandering ruling, the Supreme Court could have saved democracy. It didn’t," 10 July 2019 The bag looks like a single ballerina slipper, beige sole included, with the deranged twist of a hooved toe. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Purses Shaped Like Ballet Slippers, Baseball Hats, and Tartan Boxers Are Taking Over The Fashion Industry," 9 July 2019 Actor turned first-time screenwriter Devon Graye's tricksy script keeps audiences on their toes with all this multi-viewpoint misdirection, so much so that most will be caught off-guard by further major reveals. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I See You': Film Review | Edinburgh 2019," 8 July 2019 The Dutch will need more than Van Veenendaal on Sunday, especially since forward Lieke Martens, a former world player of the year, hobbled out of the semifinal at halftime with a toe injured while celebrating her game-winning goal over Japan. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Women’s World Cup final: U.S. and Netherlands coaches making history," 6 July 2019 Germany edged Sweden three years ago in Brazil for Olympic gold, and it's favored to go through to the semis, especially with Dzsenifer Marozsan due to return from a broken toe, which has forced the playmaking star to miss the last three matches. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Germany vs. Sweden Live Stream, TV Channel: Watch Women's World Cup," 29 June 2019 Coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has to decide whether to ease back Dzsenifer Marozsán, recovering from a broken toe. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Coach Jill Ellis has capitalized on US roster depth," 28 June 2019 Included:Dinner Accommodations:Ennerdale Country House Hotel Day 2: St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge Our journey kicks off early this morning with a Coast to Coast tradition, dipping a toe in the Irish Sea. National Geographic, "Hiking England Coast to Coast," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Spotted yesterday in New York after a photo shoot for Michael Kors, Hadid wore a bright blue pair of Nicole Saldana’s square toed Sarah sandals. Vogue, "Forget Flip Flops! Bella Hadid Finds Summer’s Perfect Sandal," 12 July 2019 Angels left fielder Justin Upton, turf-toed out of action in spring training and returned to action just 10 days earlier, contributed two hits in those first three innings. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Brand-new Angels sock it to A’s, 8-3," 27 June 2019 But moderation is complex: for every Alex Jones YouTube bans, there are hundreds of others toeing the line of acceptable content according to the platform’s own rules. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Something Awful’s founder thinks YouTube sucks at moderation," 26 June 2019 The bill would subject veterinarians to $1,000 fines for performing the procedure, which involves amputating a cat’s toes back to the first knuckle. Washington Post, "The Latest: Proposed cat declawing ban passes NY Legislature," 5 June 2019 Models sported chic getups in tan, black and red, with a few looks featuring head to toe patterns–a new lane for the Haitian-Italian creative. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Will Monochromatic Looks Become Fall's Biggest Trend?," 5 June 2019 Billie herself is an avatar, dancing and decked out in head to toe blōhsh — her merch line, which previously released products at Coachella. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "You Can Now Buy a Billie Eilish Doll, Courtesy of Takashi Murakami," 29 May 2019 In fact, centralizing campaign finance within the party could give members of government an additional incentive to toe the party line. Jay Cost, National Review, "Restoring Congress: The Parties Are a Solution," 17 June 2019 Then came the mic drop — actually, a mic handoff — as Randall joined the group of elite runners toeing the starting line. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Dalton and Brennan stage another Run for Women duel, and Kikkan Randall steals the show," 9 June 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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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)

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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