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

  • n. A durable covering for the human foot, made of leather or similar material with a rigid sole and heel, usually extending no higher than the ankle.
  • n. A horseshoe.
  • n. A part or device that is located at the base of something or that functions as a protective covering, as:
  • n. A strip of metal fitted onto the bottom of a sled runner.
  • n. The base for the supports of the superstructure of a bridge.
  • n. The ferrule on the end of a cane.
  • n. The casing of a pneumatic tire.
  • n. A device that retards or stops the motion of an object, as the part of a brake that presses against the wheel or drum.
  • n. The sliding contact plate on an electric train or streetcar that conducts electricity from the third rail.
  • n. A chute, as for conveying grain from a hopper.
  • n. Games A case from which playing cards are dealt one at a time.
  • n. Informal Position; status: You would understand my decision if you put yourself in my shoes.
  • n. Informal Plight: I wouldn't want to be in her shoes.
  • transitive v. To furnish or fit with a shoe or shoes.
  • transitive v. To cover with a wooden or metal guard to protect against wear.
  • idiom the shoe is on the other foot Informal The circumstances have been reversed; an unequal relationship has been inverted.
  • idiom wait for the other shoe to drop Slang To defer action or decision until another matter is finished or resolved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A protective covering for the foot, with a bottom part composed of thick leather or plastic sole and often a thicker heel, and a softer upper part made of leather or synthetic material. Shoes generally do not extend above the ankle, as opposed to boots, which do.
  • n. A piece of metal designed to be attached to a horse's foot as a means of protection; a horseshoe.
  • n. Something resembling a shoe by function, like a brake shoe.
  • v. To put shoes on one's feet.
  • v. To put horseshoes on a horse.
  • v. To equip an object with a protection against wear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A covering for the human foot, usually made of leather, having a thick and somewhat stiff sole and a lighter top. It differs from a boot on not extending so far up the leg.
  • n. Anything resembling a shoe in form, position, or use.
  • n. A plate or rim of iron nailed to the hoof of an animal to defend it from injury.
  • n. A band of iron or steel, or a ship of wood, fastened to the bottom of the runner of a sleigh, or any vehicle which slides on the snow.
  • n. A drag, or sliding piece of wood or iron, placed under the wheel of a loaded vehicle, to retard its motion in going down a hill.
  • n. The part of an automobile or railroad car brake which presses upon the wheel to retard its motion.
  • n. A trough-shaped or spout-shaped member, put at the bottom of the water leader coming from the eaves gutter, so as to throw the water off from the building.
  • n. The trough or spout for conveying the grain from the hopper to the eye of the millstone.
  • n. An inclined trough in an ore-crushing mill.
  • n. An iron socket or plate to take the thrust of a strut or rafter.
  • n. An iron socket to protect the point of a wooden pile.
  • n. A plate, or notched piece, interposed between a moving part and the stationary part on which it bears, to take the wear and afford means of adjustment; -- called also slipper, and gib.
  • n. The outer cover or tread of a pneumatic tire, esp. for an automobile.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a shoe or shoes; to put a shoe or shoes on.
  • transitive v. To protect or ornament with something which serves the purpose of a shoe; to tip.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fit with a shoe or shoes, in any sense: used especially in the preterit and past participle.
  • To cover or arm at a point, as with a ferrule.
  • A dialectal form of she.
  • n. A covering for the human foot, especially an external covering not reaching higher than the ankle, as distinguished from boot, buskin, etc.
  • n. A plate or rim of metal, usually iron, nailed to the hoof of an animal, as a horse, mule, ox, or other beast of burden, to defend it from injury.
  • n. Something resembling a shoe in form, use, or position.
  • n. A drag into which one of the wheels of a vehicle can be set; a skid. It is usually chained to another part of the vehicle, and the wheel resting in it is prevented from turning, so that the speed of the vehicle is diminished: used especially in going downhill.
  • n. The part of a brake which bears against the wheel.
  • n. An inclined trough used in ore-crushing and other mills; specifically, a sloping chute or trough below the hopper of a grain-mill, kept in constant vibration by the damsel (whence also called shaking-shoe), for feeding the grain uniformly to the mill stone. See cuts under mill.
  • n. The iron ferrule, or like fitting, of a handspike, pole, pile, or the like.
  • n. Milit., the ferrule protecting the butt-end of a spear-shaft, handle of a halberd, or the like. It is often pointed or has a sharp edge for planting in the ground, or for a similar use.
  • n. In metallurgy, a piece of chilled iron or steel attached to the end of any part of a machine by which grinding or stamping is done, in order that, as this wears away by use, it may be renewed without the necessity of replacing the whole thing.
  • n. A flat piece of thick plank slightly hollowed out on the upper side to receive the end of a sheer-leg to serve in moving it.
  • n. The step of a mast resting on the keelson.
  • n. The outer piece of the forefoot of a ship.
  • n. In printing. a rude pocket attached to a composing-stand, for the reception of condemned type.
  • n. In ornithology, a formation of the claws of certain storks suggesting a shoe.
  • n. A broad triangular piece of thick plank fastened to an anchor-fluke to extend its area and consequent bearing-surface when sunk in soft ground.
  • n.
  • n. A sliding-contact device for connecting the moving car on an electric railway with the third rail or with an underground insulated conductor.
  • n. In China, a silver or gold ingot said to be derived from the Dutch goudschuit, boat of gold, applied to the ingots imported from India into China in the seventeenth century.

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

  • n. (card games) a case from which playing cards are dealt one at a time
  • n. a restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel's rotation
  • n. footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
  • n. U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof
  • v. furnish with shoes


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

Middle English, from Old English scōh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English shoo, from Old English scōh ("shoe"), from Proto-Germanic *skōhaz (“shoe", literally "covering”) (cf. Scots shae, West Frisian skoech, Dutch schoen, German Schuh, Swedish sko), from Proto-Indo-European *skeuk- (cf. Tocharian B skāk ‘balcony’), from *(s)keu- (“to cover”). More at sky.



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