from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A wrinkle at the outer corner of the eye.
  • noun A three-pointed embroidery stitch, especially one in the form of a filled triangle used as finishing, as at the end of a seam.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun plural The angular lines or arrow-points (made thus: < >) which are placed at the extremities of dimension-lines on a drawing to indicate between what points or planes the dimension is given.
  • noun A wrinkle appearing with age under and around the outer corner of the eye: generally used in the plural.
  • noun In mech., a device for holding the drill-rod of a tube-well in position while it is fitted to a new section of the drill.
  • noun Milit., a caltrop.
  • noun A three-pointed silk embroidery-stitch, often put on the corners of pockets and elsewhere for ornament.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The wrinkles that appear, as the effect of age or dissipation, under and around the outer corners of the eyes.
  • noun (Mil.) A caltrop.
  • noun (Arch.), U.S. Same as Bird's-mouth.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of crow's foot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large tree of Australasia
  • noun a wrinkle in the skin at the outer corner of your eyes


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  • Skin seems to be ageing pretty well too, touch wood - definitely doing better on the crow's-foot and fine-line front than the pale WASP types I always envied as a teenager :

    Dark Roots

  • Her soft cheeks had the glow that Marina saw on her own in the mirror of a morning; her green-green eyes had just the merest hint of a crow's-foot at the corners.

    The Gates Of Sleep

  • For three days they deployed themselves throughout the crow's-foot silently and without any helicopters flying near them, placing themselves in ambush position for the VC who would be coming their way.


  • The first stage of his plan was to airlift nearly three battalions of infantry to a crow's-foot of seven intersecting valleys, twelve miles south of Bong Son.


  • Part two called for convincing Charlie that we were landing huge forces on top of the ridges along the long valley that led to the crow's-foot.


  • As the VC were driven southward, they moved toward the crow's-foot in Kim Son valley.


  • Then a crow's-foot, or tripod of iron, tapped and threaded for iron pipe, is screwed to the terminal block.

    Electricity for the farm Light, heat and power by inexpensive methods from the water wheel or farm engine

  • The iron pipe of the chandelier or wall bracket is then screwed home in this crow's-foot.

    Electricity for the farm Light, heat and power by inexpensive methods from the water wheel or farm engine

  • There was holly and crow's-foot up in the hills, and David and Anne hitched big Ben to a cart and went after it.

    Mistress Anne

  • The cactus and Spanish dagger, and the ever-present sage bush of the lower levels, had disappeared, crow's-foot and blue-joint grasses swung in the wind.

    The Spirit of Sweetwater


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