Meaning of FOOT in English


[foot] n, pl feet also foot [ME fot, fr. OE fot; akin to OHG fuot foot, L ped-, pes, Gk pod-, pous] (bef. 12c) 1: the terminal part of the vertebrate leg upon which an individual stands

2: an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment; esp: a ventral muscular surface or process of a mollusk--see clam illustration

3: any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot; esp: a unit equal to 1/3 yard and comprising 12 inches--pl. foot used between a number and a noun "a 10-foot pole"--pl. feet or foot used between a number and an adjective "6 feet tall"

4: the basic unit of verse meter consisting of any of various fixed combinations or groups of stressed and unstressed or long and short syllables

5. a: motion or power of walking or running: step "fleet of ~" b: speed, swiftness "showed early ~"

6: something resembling a foot in position or use: as a: the lower end of the leg of a chair or table b (1): the basal portion of the sporogonium in mosses (2): a specialized outgrowth by which the embryonic sporophyte of many ferns and related plants and some seed plants absorbs nourishment from the gametophyte c: a piece on a sewing machine that presses the cloth against the feed

7. foot pl, chiefly Brit: infantry 8: the lower edge (as of a sail) 9: the lowest part: bottom "the ~ of the hill"

10. a: the end that is lower or opposite the head "the ~ of the bed" b: the part (as of a stocking) that covers the foot 11 foots pl but sing or pl in constr: material deposited esp. in aging or refining: dregs 12 foots pl: footlights -- at one's feet : under one's spell or influence -- foot in the door : the initial step toward a goal -- off one's feet : in a sitting or lying position -- on foot : by walking or running "tour the campus on foot" -- on one's feet 1: in a standing position

2: in an established position or state

3: in a recovered condition (as from illness) "back on my feet"

4: in an extemporaneous manner: while in action "good debaters can think on their feet" -- to one's feet : to a standing position "brought the crowd to its feet"

[2]foot vi (15c) 1: dance

2: to go on foot 3 of a sailboat: to make speed: move ~ vt 1 a: to perform the movements of (a dance) b: to walk, run, or dance on, over, or through

2. archaic a: kick b: reject 3 archaic: establish

4. a: to add up b: to pay or stand credit for "~ the bill"

5: to make or renew the foot of (as a stocking)

Merriam-Webster English vocab.      Английский словарь Merriam Webster.