Sole meaning

sōl
Sole means the bottom of the foot, or the part of a shoe that is underneath the foot.

An example of a sole is the part of your foot that touches the ground while walking.

An example of a sole is the part of a shoe that touches the ground while walking.

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The definition of sole is defined as one person, one group or undivided.

An example of sole is one person eating alone in a restaurant; a sole diner.

adjective
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The underside of the foot.
noun
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The underside of a shoe or boot, often excluding the heel.
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The part on which something else rests while in a vertical position, especially:
  • The bottom surface of a plow.
  • The bottom surface of the head of a golf club.
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To furnish (a shoe or boot) with a sole.
verb
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The bottom surface of the foot.
noun
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To furnish (a shoe, etc.) with a sole.
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Any of various other flatfishes, especially certain flounders.
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The bottom surface of any of several objects, as a golf club.
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Of or having to do with only one (specified) person or group.
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Given or belonging to no other; not shared or divided; exclusive.

The sole rights to a patent.

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The underside of the foot.
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Being the only one.

The sole survivor of the crash.

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Of or relating to only one individual or group; exclusive.

She took sole command of the ship.

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The part of a shoe, boot, sock, etc. corresponding to this.
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Alone; solitary.
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Unmarried.
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Any of various flatfishes (esp. family Soleidae) usually highly valued as food.
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To put the sole of (a golf club) on the ground, as in preparing to make a stroke.
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Any of various chiefly marine flatfishes of the family Soleidae, having both eyes on the right side of the body, and including food fishes such as the Dover sole of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Origin of sole

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin solea sandal from solum bottom, sole of the foot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin solea sandal, flatfish (from its shape) sole1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English alone from Old French sol from Latin sōlus s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition