American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The rounded posterior portion of the human foot under and behind the ankle.
- n. The corresponding part of the hind foot of other vertebrates.
- n. A similar anatomical part, such as the fleshy rounded base of the human palm or the hind toe of a bird.
- n. The part, as of a sock, shoe, or stocking, that covers the rounded posterior portion of the human foot.
- n. The built-up portion of a shoe or boot, supporting the heel.
- n. One of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread.
- n. The lower or rearward part, as:
- n. The part of the head of a golf club where it joins the shaft.
- n. The end of a violin bow where the handle is located.
- n. Nautical The lower end of a mast.
- n. Nautical The after end of a ship's keel.
- n. Botany The basal end of a plant cutting or tuber used in propagation.
- n. Oppression; tyranny: under the heel of Stalinism; the heel of an autocrat.
- n. Informal A dishonorable man; a cad.
- v. To furnish with a heel or heels.
- v. To repair or replace the heels, as for shoes.
- v. Slang To furnish, especially with money.
- v. To arm (a gamecock) with gaffs.
- v. To press or strike with the heel: heel a horse.
- v. To follow at one's heels: The dog won't heel.
- idiom. down at the heels Having one's shoe heels worn down.
- idiom. down at the heels Shabby; rundown; poor.
- idiom. lay by the heels To put in fetters or shackles; imprison.
- idiom. on Directly behind.
- idiom. on Immediately following.
- idiom. heel Having holes in one's socks or shoes.
- idiom. heel Rundown; shabby; seedy.
- idiom. take to (one's) heels To run away; flee.
- idiom. to heel Close behind: The hound followed his master to heel.
- idiom. to heel Under discipline or control: The army swiftly brought the rebels to heel.
- v. To tilt or cause to tilt to one side.
- n. A tilt, as of a boat, to one side.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The part of the foot which is below and behind the ankle. Technically — In anatomy, the calcaneal part of the tarsus, whatever its shape or position. In man and other plantigrade animals it rests upon the ground: in digitigrades, ungulates, etc., it is elevated, and is often called
kneeby a misnomer, heel being popularly applied to the hoofs of the hind legs. Thus, the hock of a horse is anatomically the heel. See cuts under foot, hock, and lion.
- n. In ornithology: Properly, the calcaneum or talus, at the proximal end of the tarsometatarsus. The hind toe or hallux of a bird: incorrect, but frequent.
- n. In entomology: The terminal extremity of the tibia. Say (and others). The base of the first tarsal joint, when it is curved to join the tibia. This is the calx of Kirby, by him limited to the heels of four posterior tarsi. A name given by Leach to the bristles forming the strigilis.
- n. A part of a thing resembling the heel in shape or position. The lower backmost part of something, or that part upon which it rests, as the after end of a ship's keel, the lower part of a mast, a boom, a stern-post, or a rafter, or the larger or principal end of a tool; used in a great variety of special applications.
- n. In odontography, a low posterior cusp of the sectorial molar tooth of a carnivorous animal.
- n. In architecture, a cyma reversa.
- n. The top of the butt of a gun-stock.
- n. That part of the blade of a sword which is nearest the hilt, usually the heaviest part of the blade, and in some swords not sharpened, but having two square edges.
- n. The latter or concluding part of anything; the end; a part left over; a remainder: as, the heel of a session or a discourse; the heel of a loaf.
- n. The foot, without reference to its parts; also, the hind foot of some animals, as of a horse.
- n. The hinder and lower part of a shoe or stocking. In a stocking it includes the lower as well as the back part; in a shoe it is properly restricted to the lower or bottom part, usually formed of a series of pieces of leather called
liftsor taps, the part which covers the hind part of the foot being called the quarters. See quarterand heel-tap, and cut under boot.
- n. plural Footsteps; course.
- n. To take to flight; start off: as, he picked up his heels and ran like a deer.
- To perform by the use of the heels or feet, as a dance.
- To furnish with a heel or heel-piece, as any foot-covering; put a heel to, as a shoe or stocking.
- To catch by the heels.
- To arm with a gaff or spur, as a cock.
- To equip or arm. See heeled, 2.
- In sporting, to come or walk behind one's heels: used of a dog, and chiefly in command.
- To tilt, incline, or cant over from a vertical position, as a ship.
- To pour out.
- To turn partly over; come to a tilted position; cant: as, the ship heeled over.
- n. The act of inclining or canting from a vertical position; a cant: as, the ship gave a heel to port. Also heeling.
- n. An obsolete spelling of heal.
- Same as heal, 3.
- In golf, to strike (a ball) on the heel of the club.
- v. intransitive To incline to one side, to tilt (especially of ships).
- n. The act of inclining or canting from a vertical position; a cant.
- n. anatomy Part of the foot on the backside where it becomes the leg.
- n. The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.
- n. On a long firearm, the back upper part of the stock.
- n. The last or lowest part of anything; as, the heel of a mast or the heel of a vessel.
- n. US A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
- n. US The base of a bun sliced in half lengthwise.
- n. A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.
- n. slang, professional wrestling A wrestler whose on-ring persona embodies villainous or reprehensible traits. Contrast with babyface.
- n. nautical The tilt of a ship to one side; also, angle of heel, the degree of such a tilt.
- v. To follow at somebody's heels; to chase closely.
- v. To add a heel to, or increase the size of the heel of (a shoe or boot).
- v. To kick with the heel.
- v. transitive To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, etc.
- v. transitive To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Naut.) To lean or tip to one side, as a ship
- n. The hinder part of the foot; sometimes, the whole foot; -- in man or quadrupeds.
- n. The hinder part of any covering for the foot, as of a shoe, sock, etc.; specif., a solid part projecting downward from the hinder part of the sole of a boot or shoe.
- n. The latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or concluding part.
- n. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.
- n. The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests.
- n. (Naut.) The after end of a ship's keel.
- n. (Naut.) The lower end of a mast, a boom, the bowsprit, the sternpost, etc.
- n. (Mil.) In a small arm, the corner of the but which is upwards in the firing position.
- n. (Mil.) The uppermost part of the blade of a sword, next to the hilt.
- n. The part of any tool next the tang or handle.
- n. (Man.) Management by the heel, especially the spurred heel.
- n. The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or rafter. In the United States, specif., the obtuse angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping.
- n. A cyma reversa; -- so called by workmen.
- n. (Golf) The part of the face of the club head nearest the shaft.
- n. In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the cylinder.
- v. rare To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, and the like.
- v. To add a heel to.
- v. To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.
- v. (Golf) To hit (the ball) with the heel of the club.
- v. (Football) To make (a fair catch) standing with one foot advanced, the heel on the ground and the toe up.
- n. one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
- n. the lower end of a ship's mast
- n. (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft
- v. strike with the heel of the club
- v. follow at the heels of a person
- v. tilt to one side
- n. the back part of the human foot
- n. someone who is morally reprehensible
- v. put a new heel on
- n. the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
- v. perform with the heels
- Middle English hele, heel, from Old English hēla, from Proto-Germanic *hanhilaz (cf. Dutch hiel, Swedish häl), diminutive of Proto-Germanic *hanhaz (“hock”). More at hock. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English hēla.Alteration of Middle English helden, from Old English hieldan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The only way to bring them to heel is to deal them enough defeats that they begin to question whether they properly understood what their god wants.”
“The toenails are also at risk as the incidence of in-growing toenails and nail infections is higher in heel wearers.”
“Italian research suggests women who wear up to a 2in heel may enjoy a better sex life.”
“But many women who wear high heels too often suffer a shortening of the tendon because once the heel is pointed upwards, it tightens up.”
“He revealed that when the heel is constantly elevated, the calf muscle and Achilles tendon can contract and shorten.”
“For those of us who are less enamored of heels and (indulge me in a mini rant here), like me, are tired of the masochistic, indulgent approach of shoe designers for whom no heel is too high, nor artifice too excessive, then a deliciously stylish flat shoe not only makes sense, it is, in its own small way, a fashion anti-statement.”
“Nokia's Achilles 'heel is its sales of smartphones, whose share of global cellphone sales is rising fast.”
“But, thankfully, the verruca cluster on her right heel is history now.”
“Mr. CALDWELL: The heel is the villain who is trying to bring down the good guy, to bring down Hulk Hogan.”
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