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.

1520–30; apparently in-1 + step Unabridged
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instep (ˈɪnˌstɛp)
1.  the middle section of the human foot, forming the arch between the ankle and toes
2.  the part of a shoe, stocking, etc, covering this
[C16: probably from in-² + step]

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1530, apparently from in + step, "though this hardly makes sense" [Weekley].
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
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.
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