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A human foot.

English

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Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
foot

Plural
feet

foot (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, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Foot soldiers; infantry. coord.
    King John went to battle with ten thousand foot and one thousand horse.
  10. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The end of a cigar which is lit, and usually cut before lighting.
  11. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The part of a sewing machine which presses downward on the fabric, and may also serve to move it forward.
  12. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The bottommost part of a typed or printed page. coord.
  13. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The basic measure of rhythm in a poem. transl.
  14. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The end of a billiard or pool table behind the foot point where the balls are racked.
  16. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The muscular part of a bivalve mollusc by which it moves or holds its position on a surface.
  17. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The globular lower domain of a protein. coord.
Usage notes
  • (unit of length def.): The ordinary plural of the unit of measurement is feet, but in many contexts, foot itself may be used (“a six-foot tall man”). This is a reflex of the Anglo-Saxon (Old English) genitive plural.[1]

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Translations

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See also

  • pedal, relating to the foot

Verb

Infinitive
to foot

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to foot (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To use the foot to kick (usually a ball).
  2. (transitive) To pay (a bill).

Derived terms

Translations

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References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ Rich Alderson, “Why do we say ‘30 years old’, but ‘a 30-year-old man’?”,[1] in Mark Israel, the alt.usage.english FAQ.

French

Pronunciation

Noun

foot m.

  1. (uncountable) (colloquial) football (soccer)
    Zidane est un des meilleurs joueurs de foot du monde.
    Toutes les semaines, il regarde du foot à la télé.

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