A mother massages her baby's foot.
- The definition of a foot is the end or last of something or 12 inches.
- An example of foot is the part of the body that goes in a shoe.
- An example of foot is the bottom of a bed.
- An example of foot is the length of a ruler.
- Foot is defined as to walk, dance or go via the feet, or to pay for something.
- An example of foot is to hike up a mountain.
- An example of foot is to pay the entire dinner bill for a group of people.
- the end part of the leg, on which a person or animal stands or moves
- a thing like a foot in some way; specif.,
- the part that a thing stands on; base
- the lowest part; bottom: the foot of a page
- the last of a series: go to the foot of the line
- the part of a sewing machine that holds the cloth steady
- the part of the body of a mollusk that is normally muscular and ventrally located, used for attachment, burrowing, and locomotion, or, as in cephalopods, serving as the basis for the arms, tentacles, eyes, and mouth
- the end of a bed, grave, etc. toward which the feet are directed
- the end opposite to the end designated the head: at the foot of the table
- the part of a stocking, boot, etc. that covers the foot
- a unit of length in the FPS system, equal to 12 inches or yard (0.3048 meter): symbol, ′: abbrev. ft: pl. sometimes following a number [50 foot of lumber] and always in attributive use [a six-foot athlete]
- Brit. foot soldiers; infantry
- pl. foots the sediment in a liquid: usually used in pl.
- a group of syllables serving as a unit of meter in verse; esp., such a unit having a specified placement of the stressed syllable or syllables
Origin of footMiddle English fot ; from Old English akin to German fuss ; from Indo-European an unverified form pōd-, variant, variety of base an unverified form pēd-, foot, to go from source Sanskrit pad-, Classical Greek pous, Classical Latin pes
- to dance
- to go on foot: now rare exc. in phr. : see below
- to move ahead, esp. with speed: said of a sailboat
- to walk, dance, or run on, over, or through; tread
- to make or repair the foot of (a stocking, etc.)
- to add (a column of figures) and set down a total: often with up
- ☆ Informal to pay (costs, expenses, etc.): to foot the bill
- walking or running
- going on; in process
on the wrong foot
put one's best foot forwardInformal
- to do the best that one can
- to try to appear at one's best
put one's foot down
put one's foot in itor put one's foot in in one's mouth
- on the surface of the ground; on the floor, etc.
- in the way
nounpl. feet feet
- The lower extremity of the vertebrate leg that is in direct contact with the ground in standing or walking.
- A structure used for locomotion or attachment in an invertebrate animal, such as the muscular organ extending from the ventral side of a mollusk.
- Something suggestive of a foot in position or function, especially:a. The lowest part; the bottom: the foot of a mountain; the foot of a page.b. The end opposite the head, top, or front: the foot of a bed; the foot of a parade.c. The termination of the leg of a piece of furniture, especially when shaped or modeled.d. The part of a sewing machine that holds down and guides the cloth.e. Nautical The lower edge of a sail.f. Printing The part of a type body that forms the sides of the groove at the base.g. Botany The base of the sporophyte in mosses and liverworts.
- The inferior part or rank: at the foot of the class.
- The part of a stocking or high-topped boot that encloses the foot.
- a. A manner of moving; a step: walks with a light foot.b. Speed or momentum, as in a race: “the only other Democrats who've demonstrated any foot till now” (Michael Kramer).
- (used with a pl. verb) Foot soldiers; infantry.
- a. A unit of poetic meter consisting of stressed and unstressed syllables in any of various set combinations. For example, an iambic foot has an unstressed followed by a stressed syllable.b. In classical quantitative verse, a unit of meter consisting of long and short syllables in any of various set combinations.
- Abbr. ft. or ft A unit of length in the US Customary and British Imperial systems equal to 12 inches (0.3048 meter). See Table at measurement.
- foots Sediment that forms during the refining of oil and other liquids; dregs.
verbfoot·ed, foot·ing, foots foots
- To go on foot; walk. Often used with it: When their car broke down, they had to foot it the rest of the way.
- To dance. Often used with it: “We foot it all the night / weaving olden dances” (William Butler Yeats).
- Nautical To make headway; sail.
- To go by foot over, on, or through; tread.
- To execute the steps of (a dance).
- To add up (a column of numbers) and write the sum at the bottom; total: footed up the bill.
- To pay; defray: footed the expense of their children's education.
- To provide (a stocking, for example) with a foot.
Origin of footMiddle English fot, from Old English fōt; see ped- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: In Standard English, foot and feet have their own rules when they are used in combination with numbers to form expressions for units of measure: a four-foot plank, but not a four feet plank; also correct is a plank four feet long (or, less frequently, four foot long). When foot is combined with numbers greater than one to refer to simple distance, however, only the plural feet is used: a ledge 20 feet (not foot) away. At that speed, a car moves 88 feet (not foot) in a second.Our Living Language In certain contexts, some people in New England and the South use constructions such as three foot and five mile in place of Standard English three feet and five miles. Some speakers extend this practice to measures of time, as in He was gone three year, though this is not as common. See Note at plural.
top: a human foot
bottom: on a sewing machine
- (countable) A biological structure found in many animals that is used for locomotion and that is frequently a separate organ at the terminal part of the leg. transl.
- A spider has eight feet.
- (countable, anatomy) Specifically, a human foot, which is found below the ankle and is used for standing and walking. transl.
- Southern Italy is shaped like a foot.
- (uncountable, often used attributively) Travel by walking.
- We went there by foot because we could not afford a taxi.
- There is a lot of foot traffic on this street.
- (countable) The base or bottom of anything. transl.
- I'll meet you at the foot of the stairs.
- (countable) The part of a flat surface on which the feet customarily rest.
- We came and stood at the foot of the bed.
- (countable) The end of a rectangular table opposite the head. coord.
- The host should sit at the foot of the table.
- (countable) A short foot-like projection on the bottom of an object to support it. transl.
- The feet of the stove hold it a safe distance above the floor.
- (countable) A unit of measure equal to twelve inches or one third of a yard, equal to exactly 30.48 centimetres. usage coord.
- The flag pole at the local high school is about 20 feet high.
- (military, plural only) Foot soldiers; infantry. coord.
- King John went to battle with ten thousand foot and one thousand horse.
- (countable, cigars) The end of a cigar which is lit, and usually cut before lighting.
- (countable, sewing) The part of a sewing machine which presses downward on the fabric, and may also serve to move it forward.
- (countable, printing) The bottommost part of a typed or printed page. coord.
- (countable, prosody) The basic measure of rhythm in a poem. transl.
- (countable, phonology) The parsing of syllables into prosodic constituents, which are used to determine the placement of stress in languages along with the notions of constituent heads.
- (countable, nautical) The bottom edge of a sail. coord. transl.
- To make the mainsail fuller in shape, the outhaul is eased to reduce the tension on the foot of the sail.
- (countable, billiards) The end of a billiard or pool table behind the foot point where the balls are racked.
- (countable, botany) In a bryophyte, that portion of a sporophyte which remains embedded within and attached to the parent gametophyte plant.
- (countable, malacology) The muscular part of a bivalve mollusc by which it moves or holds its position on a surface.
- (countable, molecular biology) The globular lower domain of a protein. coord.
- (countable, geometry) The foot of a line perpendicular to a given line is the point where the lines intersect.
- Fundamental principle; basis; plan. (never used in the plural)
- Recognized condition; rank; footing. (never used in the plural)
- (unit of length def.): The ordinary plural of the unit of measurement is feet, but in many contexts, foot itself may be used ("he is six foot two"). This is a reflex of the Anglo-Saxon (Old English) genitive plural.
- It is sometimes abbreviated ', such as in tables, lists or drawings.
(third-person singular simple present foots, present participle footing, simple past and past participle footed)
From Middle English, from Old English fōt (“foot”), from Proto-Germanic *fōts (“foot”) (compare Scots fit, West Frisian foet, Dutch voet, German Fuß, Danish fod), from Proto-Indo-European *pṓds (compare Hittite pata, Latin pēs, pedis, Tocharian A pe, B paiyye, Lithuanian pāda (“sole (foot)”), Russian под (pod, “ground”), Ancient Greek πούς, ποδός (poús, podós), Albanian shputë (“palm, foot sole”), Armenian ոտն (otn), Sanskrit पद् (pád)).
- A surname.