Meaning of FOOT in English


I. ˈfu̇t noun

( plural feet ˈfēt ; also foot )

Etymology: Middle English fot, from Old English fōt; akin to Old High German fuot foot, Latin ped-, pes, Greek pod-, pous

Date: before 12th century

1. : the terminal part of the vertebrate leg upon which an individual stands

2. : an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment ; especially : a ventral muscular surface or process of a mollusk

3. : any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot ; especially : 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

— see weight table

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


a. : motion or power of walking or running : step

fleet of foot

b. : speed , swiftness

showed early foot

6. : something resembling a foot in position or use: as

a. : the lower end of the leg of a chair or table


(1) : the basal portion of the sporophyte in mosses

(2) : a specialized outgrowth by which the embryonic sporophyte especially of many bryophytes absorbs nourishment from the gametophyte

c. : a piece on a sewing machine that presses the cloth against the feed

7. foot plural , chiefly British : infantry

8. : the lower edge (as of a sail)

9. : the lowest part : bottom

the foot of the hill


a. : the end that is lower or opposite the head

the foot of the bed

b. : the part (as of a stocking) that covers the foot

11. foots plural but singular or plural in construction : material deposited especially in aging or refining : dregs

12. foots plural : footlights

- at one's feet

- foot in the door

- off one's feet

- on foot

- on one's feet

- to one's feet

II. verb

Date: 15th century

intransitive verb

1. : dance

2. : to go on foot

3. of a sailboat : to make speed : move

transitive verb


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


a. : to add up

b. : to pay or stand credit for

foot the bill

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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.