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toe

[toh] /toʊ/
noun
1.
one of the terminal digits of the human foot.
2.
an analogous part in certain animals.
3.
the forepart of the foot or hoof of a horse or the like.
4.
the forepart of anything worn on the foot, as of a shoe or stocking.
5.
a part resembling a toe in shape or position.
6.
Railroads. the end of a frog in front of the point and in the direction of the switch.
7.
Machinery.
  1. a journal or part placed vertically in a bearing, as the lower end of a vertical shaft.
  2. a curved partial cam lifting the flat surface of a follower and letting it drop; wiper.
8.
Golf. the outer end of the head of a club.
verb (used with object), toed, toeing.
9.
to furnish with a toe or toes.
10.
to touch or reach with the toes:
The pitcher toed the mound, wound up, and threw a fastball.
11.
to kick with the toe.
12.
Golf. to strike (the ball) with the toe of the club.
13.
Carpentry.
  1. to drive (a nail) obliquely.
  2. to toenail.
verb (used without object), toed, toeing.
14.
to stand, walk, etc., with the toes in a specified position:
to toe in.
15.
to tap with the toe, as in dancing.
Idioms
16.
on one's toes, energetic; alert; ready:
The spirited competition kept them on their toes.
17.
step / tread on someone's toes, to offend (a person); encroach on the territory or sphere of responsibility of (another):
The new employee stepped on a lot of toes when he suggested reorganizing the office.
18.
toe the line. line1 (def 83).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English tā; cognate with Dutch teen, German Zehe, Old Norse
Related forms
toeless, adjective
toelike, adjective
Can be confused
toe, tow.

Blake

[bleyk] /bleɪk/
noun
1.
Hector ("Toe") 1912–1995, Canadian ice hockey player and coach.
2.
James Hubert ("Eubie") 1883–1983, U.S. jazz pianist and composer.
3.
Robert, 1599–1657, British admiral.
4.
William, 1757–1827, English poet, engraver, and painter.
5.
a male or female given name.
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Examples for toe
  • It extended to the feet, and was often coated head to toe in suet or wax.
  • The digital flexor flexes the toe and knee and extends the elbow.
  • They started slow long ago, head to toe, healthy, wealthy and wise.
  • Opposite the head of each toe lay a series of five distal carpals.
  • Each foot has four toes, each toe ends in razor sharp talons.
  • toe should flick out while the heel is in to the shin as far as possible.
  • Correcting any abnormal bowing or misalignment within the great toe.
  • Its third toe was stronger and larger, and carried the main weight of the body.
British Dictionary definitions for toe

toe

/təʊ/
noun
1.
any one of the digits of the foot
2.
the corresponding part in other vertebrates
3.
the part of a shoe, sock, etc, covering the toes
4.
anything resembling a toe in shape or position
5.
the front part of the head of a golf club, hockey stick, etc
6.
the lower bearing of a vertical shaft assembly
7.
the tip of a cam follower that engages the cam profile
8.
(informal) dip one's toe in, dip one's toes in, to begin doing or try something new or unfamiliar
9.
on one's toes, alert
10.
tread on someone's toes, to offend or insult a person, esp by trespassing on his or her field of responsibility
11.
(informal) turn up one's toes, to die
12.
(Austral, slang) speed a player with plenty of toe
verb toes, toeing, toed
13.
(transitive) to touch, kick, or mark with the toe
14.
(transitive) (golf) to strike (the ball) with the toe of the club
15.
(transitive) to drive (a nail, spike, etc) obliquely
16.
(intransitive) to walk with the toes pointing in a specified direction to toe inwards
17.
toe the line, to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc
Derived Forms
toelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tā; related to Old Frisian tāne, Old Norse tā, Old High German zēha, Latin digitus finger

Blake

/bleɪk/
noun
1.
Sir Peter. born 1932, British painter, a leading exponent of pop art in the 1960s: co-founder of the Brotherhood of Ruralists (1969)
2.
Sir Quentin (Saxby). born 1932, British artist, illustrator, and children's writer; noted esp for his illustrations to books by Roald Dahl
3.
Robert. 1599–1657, English admiral, who commanded Cromwell's fleet against the Royalists, the Dutch, and the Spanish
4.
William. 1757–1827, English poet, painter, engraver, and mystic. His literary works include Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1793), and Jerusalem (1820). His chief works in the visual arts include engravings of a visionary nature, such as the illustrations for The Book of Job (1826), for Dante's poems, and for his own Prophetic Books (1783–1804)
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Word Origin and History for toe
n.

Old English ta (plural tan), contraction of *tahe (Mercian tahæ), from Proto-Germanic *taikhwo (cf. Old Norse ta, Old Frisian tane, Middle Dutch te, Dutch teen, Old High German zecha, German Zehe "toe"), probably originally meaning "fingers" as well (many PIE languages still use one word to mean both fingers and toes). The Old English plural tan survived in southwestern England to 14c. To be on (one's) toes "alert, eager" is recorded from 1921.

v.

"touch or reach with the toes," 1813, from toe (n.). First recorded in expression toe the mark, which seems to be nautical in origin.

The chief mate ... marked a line on the deck, brought the two boys up to it, making them 'toe the mark.' [R.H. Dana, "Two Years Before the Mast," 1840]
Related: Toed; toeing.

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toe in Medicine

toe (tō)
n.
Any of the digits of a foot.

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Slang definitions & phrases for toe

toe

Related Terms

go toe to toe, turn up one's toes


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Idioms and Phrases with toe
In addition to the idiom beginning with
toe
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