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[foo t] /fʊt/
noun, plural feet for 1–4, 8–11, 16, 19, 21; foots for 20.
(in vertebrates) the terminal part of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves.
(in invertebrates) any part similar in position or function.
such a part considered as the organ of locomotion.
a unit of length, originally derived from the length of the human foot. It is divided into 12 inches and equal to 30.48 centimeters.
Abbreviation: ft., f.
foot soldiers; infantry.
walking or running motion; pace:
swift of foot.
quality or character of movement or motion; tread; step.
any part or thing resembling a foot, as in function, placement, shape, etc.
  1. a shaped or ornamented feature terminating a leg at its lower part.
  2. any of several short legs supporting a central shaft, as of a pedestal table.
a rim, flange, or flaring part, often distinctively treated, serving as a base for a table furnishing or utensil, as a glass, teapot, or candlestick.
the part of a stocking, sock, etc., covering the foot.
the lowest part, or bottom, of anything, as of a hill, ladder, page, etc.
a supporting part; base.
the part of anything opposite the top or head:
He waited patiently at the foot of the checkout line.
the end of a bed, grave, etc., toward which the feet are placed:
Put the blanket at the foot of the bed, please.
Printing. the part of the type body that forms the sides of the groove, at the base.
the last, as of a series.
that which is written at the bottom, as the total of an account.
Prosody. a group of syllables constituting a metrical unit of a verse.
Usually, foots.
  1. sediment or dregs.
  2. footlight (def 1).
Nautical. the lower edge of a sail.
verb (used without object)
to walk; go on foot (often followed by it):
We'll have to foot it.
to move the feet rhythmically, as to music or in dance (often followed by it).
(of vessels) to move forward; sail:
to foot briskly across the open water.
verb (used with object)
to walk or dance on:
footing the cobblestones of the old city.
to perform (a dance):
cavaliers footing a galliard.
to traverse on or as if on foot.
to make or attach a foot to:
to foot a stocking.
to pay or settle:
I always end up footing the bill.
to add (a column of figures) and set the sum at the foot (often followed by up).
to seize with talons, as a hawk.
to establish.
Archaic. to kick, especially to kick away.
Obsolete. to set foot on.
get / have a / one's foot in the door, to succeed in achieving an initial stage or step.
get off on the right / wrong foot, to begin favorably or unfavorably:
He got off on the wrong foot with a tactless remark about his audience.
have one foot in the grave. grave1 (def 5).
on foot, by walking or running, rather than by riding.
put one's best foot forward,
  1. to attempt to make as good an impression as possible.
  2. to proceed with all possible haste; hurry.
put one's foot down, to take a firm stand; be decisive or determined.
put one's foot in / into it, Informal. to make an embarrassing blunder.
Also, put one's foot in/into one's mouth.
set foot on / in, to go on or into; enter:
Don't set foot in this office again!
under foot, in the way:
That cat is always under foot when I'm getting dinner.
Origin of foot
before 900; Middle English; Old English fōt; cognate with German Fuss; akin to Latin pēs (stem ped-), Greek poús (stem pod-) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for foots
Historical Examples
  • Ha, that is the Tarantula dance; Maestro Paolo foots it bravely!

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • In my country, we say to the ladies; Grant me the soles of your foots.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • The foots or deposits, and the drippings of the casks, cisterns, and utensils.

  • (Light outside and first border and foots change to amber) Carlos!

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • Bad man git her suah ef her foots keep on a-twitchen' when de banjo play.

    The Four Corners Amy Ella Blanchard
  • Also, of the man who comes down a stay, &c., to tar it; or foots the bunt in.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Sometimes er pine tree whut aint no bigrn my han is got roots fifteen foots long.

    Bypaths in Dixie Sarah Johnson Cocke
  • There was plenty of foots in the world, me boy, before there was any brogues.

    !Tention George Manville Fenn
  • But the regimental officer, who foots it alongside his company, he understands marching right enough.

    The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring
  • Now then, Orion, get up on to yous two foots; don't be fwightened.

British Dictionary definitions for foots


plural noun
(sometimes sing) the sediment that accumulates at the bottom of a vessel containing any of certain liquids, such as vegetable oil or varnish; dregs


noun (pl) feet (fiːt)
the part of the vertebrate leg below the ankle joint that is in contact with the ground during standing and walking related adjective pedal
the part of a garment that covers a foot
any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates, including molluscs
(botany) the lower part of some plant structures, as of a developing moss sporophyte embedded in the parental tissue
  1. a unit of length equal to one third of a yard or 12 inches. 1 Imperial foot is equivalent to 0.3048 metre ft
  2. any of various units of length used at different times and places, typically about 10 per cent greater than the Imperial foot
any part resembling a foot in form or function: the foot of a chair
the lower part of something; base; bottom: the foot of the page, the foot of a hill
the end of a series or group: the foot of the list
manner of walking or moving; tread; step: a heavy foot
  1. infantry, esp in the British army
  2. (as modifier): a foot soldier
any of various attachments on a sewing machine that hold the fabric in position, such as a presser foot for ordinary sewing and a zipper foot
  1. a unit used in classifying organ pipes according to their pitch, in terms of the length of an equivalent column of air
  2. this unit applied to stops and registers on other instruments
  1. the margin at the bottom of a page
  2. the undersurface of a piece of type
(prosody) a group of two or more syllables in which one syllable has the major stress, forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
a foot in the door, an action, appointment, etc, that provides an initial step towards a desired goal, esp one that is not easily attainable
(Scot & Irish) kick with the wrong foot, to be of the opposite religion to that which is regarded as acceptable or to that of the person who is speaking
my foot!, an expression of disbelief, often of the speaker's own preceding statement: he didn't know, my foot! Of course he did!
(archaic) of foot, in manner of movement: fleet of foot
on foot
  1. walking or running
  2. in progress; astir; afoot
(informal) one foot in the grave, near to death
(informal) on the right foot, in an auspicious manner
(informal) on the wrong foot, in an inauspicious manner
put a foot wrong, to make a mistake
put one's best foot forward
  1. to try to do one's best
  2. to hurry
(informal) put one's foot down
  1. to act firmly
  2. to increase speed (in a motor vehicle) by pressing down on the accelerator
(informal) put one's foot in it, to blunder
set on foot, to initiate or start (something)
tread under foot, to oppress
under foot, on the ground; beneath one's feet
to dance to music (esp in the phrase foot it)
(transitive) to walk over or set foot on; traverse (esp in the phrase foot it)
(transitive) to pay the entire cost of (esp in the phrase foot the bill)
(usually foll by up) (archaic or dialect) to add up
See also feet, foots
Derived Forms
footless, adjective
Usage note
In front of another noun, the plural for the unit of length is foot: a 20-foot putt; his 70-foot ketch. Foot can also be used instead of feet when mentioning a quantity and in front of words like tall: four foot of snow; he is at least six foot tall
Word Origin
Old English fōt; related to Old Norse fōtr, Gothic fōtus, Old High German fuoz, Latin pēs, Greek pous, Sanskrit pad


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Word Origin and History for foots



Old English fot, from Proto-Germanic *fot (cf. Old Saxon fot, Old Norse fotr, Dutch voet, Old High German fuoz, German Fuß, Gothic fotus "foot"), from PIE *ped- (cf. Avestan pad-; Sanskrit pad-, accusative padam "foot;" Greek pos, Attic pous, genitive podos; Latin pes, genitive pedis "foot;" Lithuanian padas "sole," peda "footstep"). Plural form feet is an instance of i-mutation. Of a bed, grave, etc., first recorded c.1300.

The linear measurement of 12 inches was in Old English, from the length of a man's foot. Colloquial exclamation my foot! expressing "contemptuous contradiction" [OED] is first attested 1923, probably a euphemism for my ass, in the same sense, which dates back to 1796. The metrical foot (Old English, translating Latin pes, Greek pous in the same sense) is commonly taken as a reference to keeping time by tapping the foot.

To get off on the right foot is from 1905; to put one's best foot foremost first recorded 1849 (Shakespeare has the better foot before, 1596). To put one's foot in (one's) mouth "say something stupid" is attested by 1942; the expression put (one's) foot in something "make a mess of it" is from 1823.


c.1400, "dance, move on foot," from foot (n.). To foot a bill is attested from 1848, from the process of tallying the expenses and writing the figure at the bottom ("foot") of the bill.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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foots in Medicine

foot (fut)
n. pl. feet (fēt)

  1. The lower extremity of the vertebrate leg that is in direct contact with the ground in standing or walking.

  2. A unit of length in the U.S. Customary and British Imperial systems equal to 12 inches (30.48 centimeters).

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foots in Science
Plural feet (fēt)
A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to 1/3 of a yard or 12 inches (30.48 centimeters). See Table at measurement.
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Slang definitions & phrases for foots
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with foots
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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