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Old English fōt, from Proto-Germanic *fōtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *pṓds.



foot (plural feet)

  1. (countable) A biological structure found in many animals that is used for locomotion and that is frequently a separate organ at the terminal part of the leg. transl.
    A spider has eight feet.
  2. (countable, anatomy) Specifically, a human foot, which is found below the ankle and is used for standing and walking. transl.
    Southern Italy is shaped like a foot.
  3. (uncountable, often used attributively) Travel by walking.
    We went there by foot because we could not afford a taxi.
    There is a lot of foot traffic on this street.
  4. (countable) The base or bottom of anything. transl.
    I'll meet you at the foot of the stairs.
  5. (countable) The part of a flat surface on which the feet customarily rest.
    We came and stood at the foot of the bed.
  6. (countable) The end of a rectangular table opposite the head. coord.
    The host should sit at the foot of the table.
  7. (countable) A short foot-like projection on the bottom of an object to support it. transl.
    The feet of the stove hold it a safe distance above the floor.
  8. (countable) A unit of measure equal to twelve inches or one third of a yard, equal to exactly 30.48 centimetres. usage coord.
    Most people are less than six feet tall.
  9. (military, plural only; not used in singular form) Foot soldiers; infantry. coord.
    King John went to battle with ten thousand foot and one thousand horse.
  10. (countable, cigars) The end of a cigar which is lit, and usually cut before lighting.
  11. (countable, sewing) The part of a sewing machine which presses downward on the fabric, and may also serve to move it forward.
  12. (countable, printing) The bottommost part of a typed or printed page. coord.
  13. (countable, prosody) The basic measure of rhythm in a poem. transl.
  14. (countable, nautical) The bottom edge of a sail. coord. transl.
    To make the mainsail fuller in shape, the outhaul is eased to reduce the tension on the foot of the sail.
  15. (countable, billiards) The end of a billiard or pool table behind the foot point where the balls are racked.
  16. (countable, malacology) The muscular part of a bivalve mollusc by which it moves or holds its position on a surface.
  17. (countable, molecular biology) The globular lower domain of a protein. coord.

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