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 \ ˈtō-​ləs How to pronounce toe (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 The 49-year-old, who moonlights as a producer and fashion designer, dresses head to toe in streetwear, and this timepiece would easily fit with any one of his ensembles. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Bulgari and DJ Steve Aoki Teamed Up to Create a Club-Ready Watch that Glows in the Dark," 14 May 2021 Any notion of easing into the season, dipping a toe in the cool, deep waters before splashing all the way in was erased. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "If one thing is certain about the Cowboys’ new schedule, the Dallas secondary will be under fire," 13 May 2021 Brown said another man was dressed from head to toe in camouflage nearby. David Aaro, Fox News, "Missouri hiker shot after hunter mistakes him for a turkey, police say," 10 May 2021 In the controlled chaos of a hospital’s corridors, everyone is sheathed head to toe in PPE. Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘76 Days’ takes an emotional look inside Wuhan hospitals during the COVID-19 lockdown," 5 Dec. 2020 Each day of filming, Gallagher was covered head to toe in dirt makeup, including having her teeth painted different shades of brown. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake Wales actress talks ‘Cobra Kai’ and upcoming roles," 14 Oct. 2020 Earlier this week, Jenner headed out in a head-to-toe outfit by The Row. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner's Pastel Yellow Co-ord Just Screams Spring," 29 Apr. 2021 First, Jonah Hill, hirsute fit god to all, wore a head-to-toe black look. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Is The Row the New Celebrity Status Label?," 28 Apr. 2021 Mehring’s Big Ben favors the famous London clock tower right down to the Roman numerals and neo-Gothic design, while her take on Paris’ skyline icon mirrors Gustave Eiffel’s wrought-iron lattice work from top to toe. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Amazing Popsicle stick toys made by San Antonio grandmother, from Titanic, Big Ben to carousel, doll house," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yet my favorite dishes here kind of, sort of, toe the line of tradition. Washington Post, "Taqueria Las Gemelas wants to give you one perfect bite, and it often does," 19 Apr. 2021 The center isn’t just mired in an organization that is trying to toe the line between development and winning, though. Tom Rende, Forbes, "Which Three NBA Rookies Have Seen Their Stock Dip The Most Since The Draft?," 10 Apr. 2021 When patriotism becomes a selling point, Western brands are put at a competitive disadvantage, especially in a country that increasingly requires global companies to toe the same political lines that Chinese firms must. New York Times, "As China Targets H&M and Nike, Local Brands See Their Chance," 6 Apr. 2021 For the most part, USD’s players toe Lindsey’s company line. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "National win record on the line for USD football team Saturday," 2 Apr. 2021 The teams meet again at 4 p.m. Friday and Robert Ahlstrom will toe the rubber for UO. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Kenyon Yovan, Gabe Matthews each drive in 2 as No. 20 Oregon baseball shuts out New Mexico State," 1 Apr. 2021 In Mekelle, captured by government troops on Nov. 28, residents have learned to toe the government line, even if the nearest battleground is 60 miles away. New York Times, "Fear and Hostility Simmer as Ethiopia’s Military Keeps Hold on Tigray," 19 Mar. 2021 But the project's true success comes from her ability to toe the line — and not fully dip into — the Urbano Latino genre her executive producer Tainy reigns over. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Selena Gomez takes a risk that pays off on Revelación," 12 Mar. 2021 The answer that sprung to my mind was that the projects I'm attracted to as an actor and viewer are things that toe the line of many genres. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Like a time loop, Made for Love star Cristin Milioti can't escape 'harrowing' run-ins with technology," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for toe

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The first known use of toe was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

17 May 2021

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“Toe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toe. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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