from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The underside of the foot.
- n. The underside of a shoe or boot, often excluding the heel.
- n. The part on which something else rests while in a vertical position, especially:
- n. The bottom surface of a plow.
- n. The bottom surface of the head of a golf club.
- transitive v. To furnish (a shoe or boot) with a sole.
- transitive v. To put the sole of (a golf club) on the ground, as in preparing to make a stroke.
- adj. Being the only one: the sole survivor of the crash.
- adj. Of or relating to only one individual or group; exclusive: The court has the sole right to decide.
- adj. Law Single; unmarried.
- n. Any of various chiefly marine flatfish of the family Soleidae, related to and resembling the flounders, especially any of several European species, such as Solea solea, valued as food fishes.
- n. Any of various other flatfish, especially certain coastal flounders.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wooden band or yoke put around the neck of an ox or cow in the stall.
- n. A pond or pool; a dirty pond of standing water.
- v. To pull by the ears; to pull about; haul; lug.
- adj. only
- adj. unmarried (especially of a woman); widowed.
- n. The bottom or plantar surface of the foot.
- n. The bottom of a shoe or boot.
- n. Solea solea, a flatfish of the family Soleidae.
- v. to put a sole on (a shoe or boot)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of flatfishes of the genus Solea and allied genera of the family Soleidæ, especially the common European species (Solea vulgaris), which is a valuable food fish.
- n. Any one of several American flounders somewhat resembling the true sole in form or quality, as the California sole (Lepidopsetta bilineata), the long-finned sole (Glyptocephalus zachirus), and other species.
- n. The bottom of the foot; hence, also, rarely, the foot itself.
- n. The bottom of a shoe or boot, or the piece of leather which constitutes the bottom.
- n. The bottom or lower part of anything, or that on which anything rests in standing.
- n. The bottom of the body of a plow; -- called also slade; also, the bottom of a furrow.
- n. The horny substance under a horse's foot, which protects the more tender parts.
- n. The bottom of an embrasure.
- n. A piece of timber attached to the lower part of the rudder, to make it even with the false keel.
- n. The seat or bottom of a mine; -- applied to horizontal veins or lodes.
- transitive v. To furnish with a sole.
- adj. Being or acting without another; single; individual; only.
- adj. Single; unmarried.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The bottom or under side of the foot; technically, the planta, corresponding to the palm of the hand.
- n. The foot.
- n. That part of a shoe or boot which comes under the sole of the foot, and upon which the wearer treads.
- n. The part of anything that forms the bottom, and on which it stands upon the ground; the bottom or lower part of anything.
- n. A flat surface like the sole of the foot.
- To furnish with a sole, as a shoe or boot; put a new sole on. Compare half-sole, v. t.
- n. In ichthyology, a flatfish of the family Solcidæ, and especially of the genus Solea; a soleid or sole-fish.
- Only; alone in its kind; being or acting without another; single; unique; individual: as, God is the sole creator and sovereign of the world.
- Alone; unaccompanied; solitary.
- In law, single; unmarried; not having a spouse: as, a feme sole. See feme.
- Alone; by itself; singly.
- n. A wooden band or yoke put around the neck of an ox or a cow in a stall.
- n. A pond.
- To pull by the ears; pull about; haul; lug.
- n. Same as sol.
- n. In golf, the flat, bottom part of a club which rests on the ground.
- n. The inner cylindrical surface of a water-wheel which forms the bottoms of the buckets on the periphery. See sole-plate, 2.
- In golf, to place the sole of (a club) on the ground immediately behind the ball in preparing for a shot.
- n. A name given to various Australian fishes: in Sydney to Synaptura nigra; in Melbourne to Rhombosolea bassensis; in New Zealand to Rhombosolea monopus (called the flounder in Tasmania) and Peltorhamphus novæ-zelandiæ; and in Tasmania to Ammotretis restrains, of the family Pleuronectidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. lean flesh of any of several flatfish
- v. put a new sole on
- n. the underside of footwear or a golf club
- n. the underside of the foot
- adj. being the only one; single and isolated from others
- adj. not divided or shared with others
- n. right-eyed flatfish; many are valued as food; most common in warm seas especially European
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin solea, sandal, from solum, bottom, sole of the foot.
Middle English, alone, from Old French sol, from Latin sōlus.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin solea, sandal, flatfish (from its shape).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sole, soole, from Old English sāl ("a rope, cord, line, bond, rein, door-hinge, necklace, collar"), from Proto-Germanic *sailan, *sailaz (“rope, cable”), *sailō (“noose, rein, bondage”), from Proto-Indo-European *sey- (“to tie to, tie together”). Cognate with Scots sale, saile ("halter, collar"), Dutch zeel ("rope, cord, strap"), German Seil ("rope, cable, wire"), Icelandic seil ("a string, line"). Non-Germanic cognate include Albanian dell ("sinew, vein"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old English sol ("mire, miry place"), from Proto-Germanic *sulan (“mire, wallow, mud”), from Proto-Indo-European *sūl- (“thick liquid”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian soal ("ditch"), Dutch sol ("water and mud filled pit"), German Suhle ("mire, wallow"), Norwegian saula, søyla ("mud puddle"). More at soil. (Wiktionary)
From earlier sowle ("to pull by the ear"). Origin unknown. Perhaps from sow (“female pig”) + -le, as in the phrase "take a sow by the wrong ear", or from Middle English sole ("rope"). See above. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English sole, soule, from Old French sol, soul ("alone"), from Latin sōlus ("alone, single, solitary, lonely"), of unknown origin. Perhaps related to Old Latin sollus ("whole, complete"), from Proto-Indo-European *solw-, *salw-, *slōw- (“safe, healthy”). More at save. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English sole, soole, from Old English sole, solu ("shoe, sandal, sole"), from Proto-Germanic *sulô, *suljō (“sandal, shoe, sole”), from Latin solea ("sandal, bottom of the shoe"), from Proto-Indo-European *swol- (“sole”). Cognate with Dutch zool ("sole, tread"), German Sohle ("sole, insole, bottom, floor"), Danish sål ("sole"), Icelandic sóli ("sole, outsole"), Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌻𐌾𐌰 (sulja, "sandal"). Related to Latin solum ("bottom, ground, soil"). More at soil. (Wiktionary)