A pair of orange shoes.
- 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.
- 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 of a roof or bridge
- 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
transitive verbshod or shoed, shoe′ing
- to furnish or fit with a shoe or shoes
- to cover, tip, or sheathe (a stick, wearing surface, etc.) with a metal plate, ferrule, etc.
fill someone's shoes
in another's shoes
the shoe is on the other foot
where the shoe pinches
- 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, 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 (“shoe"), from Proto-Germanic *skÅhaz (“shoe", literally "covering") (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 "˜balcony'), from *(s)keu- (“to cover"). More at sky.