Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shoe consisting of a sole fastened to the foot by thongs or straps.
  • n. A low-cut shoe fastened to the foot by an ankle strap.
  • n. A rubber overshoe cut very low and covering little more than the sole of the shoe.
  • n. A strap or band for fastening a low shoe or slipper on the foot.
  • n. Sandalwood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of open shoe made up of straps or bands holding a sole to the foot

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as sendal.
  • n. Sandalwood.
  • n. A kind of shoe consisting of a sole strapped to the foot; a protection for the foot, covering its lower surface, but not its upper.
  • n. A kind of slipper.
  • n. An overshoe with parallel openings across the instep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of shoe, consisting of a sole fastened to the foot, generally by means of straps crossed over and passed around the ankle.
  • n. A half-boot of white kid or satin, often prettily embroidered in silver, and laced up the front with some bright-colored silk cord. They were cut low at each side to display the embroidered clock of the stocking.
  • n. A tie or strap for fastening a slipper or low shoe by being passed over the foot or around the ankle.
  • n. An india-rubber overshoe, having very low sides and consisting chiefly of a sole with a strap across the instep.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing representing any rough and simple shoe. Also called brogue.
  • n. Same as sandalwood.
  • n. Same as sendal.
  • n. A long narrow boat with two masts, used on the Barbary coast.

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

  • n. a shoe consisting of a sole fastened by straps to the foot

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French sandale, from Latin sandalium, from Greek sandalion, diminutive of sandalon, sandal.
Middle English, from Old French sandale (possibly via Late Greek santalon), from Arabic ṣandal, from Sanskrit candanam.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French sandale, from Latin sandalium, from Ancient Greek σανδάλιον (sandalion), diminutive of σάνδαλον (sandalon, "sandal"), probably ultimately from Middle Persian 𐭰𐭭𐭣𐭫 (čandal, "sandalwood"). Compare New Persian صندل (sandal, "sandal"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Etymology: Arabic sandal, from Persian sandal skiff

    August 31, 2009

  • "The Vietnamese and people throughout the Third World make a fantastically durable and comfortable pair of sandals out of rubber tires. They cut out a section of the outer tire (trace around the outside of the foot with a piece of chalk) which when trimmed forms the sole. Next 6 slits are made in the sole so the rubber straps can be criss-crossed and slid through the slits. The straps are made out of inner tubing. No nails are needed. If you have wide feet, use the new wide tread low profiles. For hard going, try radials. For best satisfaction and quality, steal the tires off a pig car or a government limousine."
    - Abbie Hoffman, 'Steal This Book'.

    February 18, 2009

  • Viva Zapata!

    March 1, 2008