Meaning of FOOT in English

FOOT

/ fʊt; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

( pl. feet / fiːt; NAmE /)

PART OF BODY

1.

[ C ] the lowest part of the leg, below the ankle, on which a person or an animal stands :

My feet are aching.

to get / rise to your feet (= stand up)

I've been on my feet (= standing or walking around) all day.

We came on foot (= we walked) .

walking around the house in bare feet (= not wearing shoes or socks)

Please wipe your feet (= your shoes) on the mat.

a foot pump (= operated using your foot, not your hand)

a foot passenger (= one who travels on a ferry without a car)

—picture at body

—see also athlete's foot , barefoot , club foot , underfoot ➡ note at stand

-FOOTED

2.

(in adjectives and adverbs) having or using the type or number of foot / feet mentioned :

bare-footed

four-footed

a left-footed shot into the corner

—see also flat-footed , sure-footed

PART OF SOCK

3.

[ C , usually sing. ] the part of a sock, stocking , etc. that covers the foot

BASE / BOTTOM

4.

[ sing. ] the ~ of sth the lowest part of sth; the base or bottom of sth :

the foot of the stairs / page / mountain

The nurse hung a chart at the foot of the bed (= the part of the bed where your feet normally are when you are lying in it) .

➡ note at bottom

MEASUREMENT

5.

( pl. feet or foot ) ( abbr. ft ) a unit for measuring length equal to 12 inches or 30.48 centimetres :

a 6-foot high wall

We're flying at 35 000 feet.

'How tall are you?' 'Five foot nine' (= five feet and nine inches) .

-FOOTER

6.

(in compound nouns) a person or thing that is a particular number of feet tall or long :

His boat is an eighteen-footer.

IN POETRY

7.

[ sing. ] ( technical ) a unit of rhythm in a line of poetry containing one stressed syllable and one or more syllables without stress. Each of the four divisions in the following line is a foot :

For ˈmen / may ˈcome / and ˈmen / may ˈgo.

IDIOMS

- be rushed / run off your feet

- fall / land on your feet

- feet first

- get / have a / your foot in the door

- get / start off on the right / wrong foot (with sb)

- get your feet wet

- have feet of clay

- have / keep your feet on the ground

- have / keep a foot in both camps

- have one foot in the grave

- ... my foot!

- on your feet

- put your best foot forward

- put your feet up

- put your foot down

- put your foot in it

- put a foot wrong

- set foot in / on sth

- set sb/sth on their / its feet

- stand on your own (two) feet

- under your feet

—more at boot noun , cold adjective , drag verb , find verb , grass noun , ground noun , hand noun , head noun , itchy , left adjective , patter noun , pull verb , shoe noun , shoot verb , sit , stocking , sweep verb , think verb , vote verb , wait verb , walk verb , weight noun , world

■ verb

IDIOMS

- foot the bill

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English fōt , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch voet and German Fuss , from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit pad, pāda , Greek pous, pod- , and Latin pes, ped- foot.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.