- The definition of a shoe is a covering for a foot with a sole and a heel.
An example of shoe is a sneaker.
- Shoe is defined as to fit for a metal cap or provide with a foot covering.
- An example of shoe is to put a metal cap over the end of a cane.
- An example of shoe is for a shoe salesperson to measure a person's foot.
A pair of orange shoes.
- an outer covering for the human foot, made of leather, canvas, etc. and usually having a stiff or thick sole and a heel: sometimes restricted to footwear that does not cover the ankle, as distinguished from a boot
- something like a shoe in shape or use; specif.,
- a metal cap or ferrule fitted over the end of a cane, pole, staff, etc.
- brake shoe
- a part forming a base for the supports of a superstructure, as a roof, bridge, etc.
- the metal strip along the bottom of a sled runner
- the casing of a pneumatic tire
- the sliding contact plate by which an electric train picks up current from the third rail
- a metal protecting plate upon which a mechanical part moves
Origin of shoeMiddle English sho ; from Old English sceoh, akin to German schuh ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)keu-, to cover from source sky, hide
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- A durable covering for the human foot, made of leather or similar material with a rigid sole and heel, usually extending no higher than the ankle.
- A horseshoe.
- A part or device that is located at the base of something or that functions as a protective covering, as:a. A strip of metal fitted onto the bottom of a sled runner.b. The base for the supports of the superstructure of a bridge.c. The ferrule on the end of a cane.d. The casing of a pneumatic tire.
- A device that retards or stops the motion of an object, as the part of a brake that presses against the wheel or drum.
- The sliding contact plate on an electric train or streetcar that conducts electricity from the third rail.
- A chute, as for conveying grain from a hopper.
- Games A case from which playing cards are dealt one at a time.
- shoes Informal a. Position; status: You would understand my decision if you put yourself in my shoes.b. Plight: I wouldn't want to be in her shoes.
transitive verbshod shod , shod shod or shod·den , shoe·ing, shoes
- To furnish or fit with a shoe or shoes.
- To cover with a wooden or metal guard to protect against wear.
Origin of shoeMiddle English, from Old English scōh.
(plural shoes or shoon) (shoon is obsolete)
- A protective covering for the foot, with a bottom part composed of thick leather or plastic sole and often a thicker heel, and a softer upper part made of leather or synthetic material. Shoes generally do not extend above the ankle, as opposed to boots, which do.
- Get your shoes on now, or you'll be late for school.
- A piece of metal designed to be attached to a horse's foot as a means of protection; a horseshoe.
- Throw the shoe from behind the line, and try to get it to land circling (a ringer) or touching the far stake.
- Something resembling a shoe in form, position, or function, such as a brake shoe.
- Remember to turn the rotors when replacing the brake shoes, or they will wear out unevenly.
- A band of iron or steel, or a ship of wood, fastened to the bottom of the runner of a sleigh, or any vehicle which slides on the snow.
- A drag, or sliding piece of wood or iron, placed under the wheel of a loaded vehicle, to retard its motion in going down a hill.
- The part of a railroad car brake which presses upon the wheel to retard its motion.
- (architecture) A trough-shaped or spout-shaped member, put at the bottom of the water leader coming from the eaves gutter, so as to throw the water off from the building.
- A trough or spout for conveying grain from the hopper to the eye of the millstone.
- An inclined trough in an ore-crushing mill.
- An iron socket or plate to take the thrust of a strut or rafter.
- An iron socket to protect the point of a wooden pile.
- (engineering) A plate, or notched piece, interposed between a moving part and the stationary part on which it bears, to take the wear and afford means of adjustment; called also slipper and gib.
The plural shoon is archaic and no longer in common use.
(third-person singular simple present shoes, present participle shoeing, simple past shod or shoed, past participle shodden or shod or shoed)
From Middle English shoo, from Old English scÅh (â€œshoeâ€), from Proto-Germanic *skÅhaz (â€œshoe", literally "coveringâ€) (cf. Scots shae, West Frisian skoech, Low German Schoh, Dutch schoen, German Schuh, Danish and Swedish sko), from Proto-Indo-European *skeuk- (cf. Tocharian B skÄk â€˜balconyâ€™), from *(s)keu- (â€œto coverâ€). More at sky.