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[in-step] /ˈɪnˌstɛp/
the arched upper surface of the human foot between the toes and the ankle.
the part of a shoe, stocking, etc., covering this surface.
the front of the hind leg of a horse, cow, etc., between the hock and the pastern joint; cannon.
Origin of instep
1520-30; apparently in-1 + step Unabridged
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Examples from the web for instep
  • In people with flat feet, the instep of the foot comes in contact with the ground when they stand.
  • When conditions are icy, use instep crampons or ski poles for extra safety.
  • Strapped to outside of shoes to protect instep area from impact and compression.
  • Cutoff the fingers and thumb of surgical gloves and fasten the remaining sleeve to the cup ring as instructed instep four.
British Dictionary definitions for instep


the middle section of the human foot, forming the arch between the ankle and toes
the part of a shoe, stocking, etc, covering this
Word Origin
C16: probably from in-² + step
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Word Origin and History for instep

mid-15c., apparently from in + step, "though this hardly makes sense" [Weekley]. An Old English word for "instep" was fotwelm. Middle English also had a verb instep "to track, trace" (c.1400).

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instep in Medicine

instep in·step (ĭn'stěp')
The arched middle part of the foot between toes and ankle.

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