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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.
a shaped or ornamented feature terminating a leg at its lower part.
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. See diag. under type.
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.
sediment or dregs.
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,
to attempt to make as good an impression as possible.
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.

before 900; Middle English; Old English fōt; cognate with German Fuss; akin to Latin pēs (stem ped-), Greek poús (stem pod-) Unabridged
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foot (fʊt)
n , pl feet
1.  the part of the vertebrate leg below the ankle joint that is in contact with the ground during standing and walkingRelated: pedal
2.  the part of a garment that covers a foot
3.  any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates, including molluscs
4.  botany the lower part of some plant structures, as of a developing moss sporophyte embedded in the parental tissue
5.  a.  ft a unit of length equal to one third of a yard or 12 inches. 1 Imperial foot is equivalent to 0.3048 metre
 b.  any of various units of length used at different times and places, typically about 10 per cent greater than the Imperial foot
6.  any part resembling a foot in form or function: the foot of a chair
7.  the lower part of something; base; bottom: the foot of the page; the foot of a hill
8.  the end of a series or group: the foot of the list
9.  manner of walking or moving; tread; step: a heavy foot
10.  a.  infantry, esp in the British army
 b.  (as modifier): a foot soldier
11.  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
12.  music
 a.  a unit used in classifying organ pipes according to their pitch, in terms of the length of an equivalent column of air
 b.  this unit applied to stops and registers on other instruments
13.  printing
 a.  the margin at the bottom of a page
 b.  the undersurface of a piece of type
14.  prosody a group of two or more syllables in which one syllable has the major stress, forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
15.  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
16.  (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
17.  my foot! an expression of disbelief, often of the speaker's own preceding statement: he didn't know, my foot! Of course he did!
18.  archaic of foot in manner of movement: fleet of foot
19.  on foot
 a.  walking or running
 b.  in progress; astir; afoot
20.  informal one foot in the grave near to death
21.  informal on the right foot in an auspicious manner
22.  informal on the wrong foot in an inauspicious manner
23.  put a foot wrong to make a mistake
24.  put one's best foot forward
 a.  to try to do one's best
 b.  to hurry
25.  informal put one's foot down
 a.  to act firmly
 b.  to increase speed (in a motor vehicle) by pressing down on the accelerator
26.  informal put one's foot in it to blunder
27.  set on foot to initiate or start (something)
28.  tread under foot to oppress
29.  under foot on the ground; beneath one's feet
30.  to dance to music (esp in the phrase foot it)
31.  (tr) to walk over or set foot on; traverse (esp in the phrase foot it)
32.  (tr) to pay the entire cost of (esp in the phrase foot the bill)
33.  archaic, dialect or (usually foll by up) to add up
Related: pedal
[Old English fōt; related to Old Norse fōtr, Gothic fōtus, Old High German fuoz, Latin pēs, Greek pous, Sanskrit pad]
usage  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

Foot (fʊt)
Michael (Mackintosh). born 1913, British Labour politician and journalist; secretary of state for employment (1974--76); leader of the House of Commons (1976--79); leader of the Labour Party (1980--83)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. fot, from P.Gmc. *fot (cf. O.N. fotr, Du. voet, Ger. Fuß, Goth. fotus "foot"), from PIE *pod-/*ped- (cf. Avestan pad-; Skt. pat, acc. padam "foot;" Gk. pos, Attic pous, gen. podos; L. pes, gen. pedis "foot;" Lith. 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 is first recorded in O.E., from the length of a man's foot. 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. Theatrical footlights is first attested 1836. Colloquial exclamation my foot! expressing "contemptuous contradiction" is first attested 1923, probably a euphemism for my ass, in the same sense, which dates back to 1796. The metrical foot (O.E., translating L. pes, Gk. 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 1909; to put one's best foot foremost first recorded 1849.
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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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foot   (ft)  Pronunciation Key 
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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