[foo t-ing] /ˈfʊt ɪŋ/
the basis or foundation on which anything is established.
the act of one who moves on , as in walking or dancing.
a secure and established position.
a place or support for the ; surface to stand on; foothold.
a firm placing of the ; stability:
He regained his footing.
Building Trades, Civil Engineering. the part of a foundation bearing directly upon the earth.
position or status assigned to a person, group, etc., in estimation or treatment.
mutual standing; reciprocal relation:
to be on a friendly footing with someone.
entrance into a new position or relationship:
to gain a footing in society.
a fee demanded from a person upon entrance into a trade, society, etc.
the act of adding a to something, as to a stocking.
that which is added as a .
the act of adding up a column of figures.
the total of such a column.
[foo t] /fʊt/
noun, plural feet for 1–4, 8–11, 16, 19, 21; foots for 20.
(in vertebrates) the terminal part of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves.
(in invertebrates) any part similar in position or function.
such a part considered as the organ of locomotion.
a unit of length, originally derived from the length of the human foot. It is divided into 12 inches and equal to 30.48 centimeters.
Abbreviation: ft., f.
foot soldiers; infantry.
walking or running motion; pace:
swift of foot.
quality or character of movement or motion; tread; step.
any part or thing resembling a foot, as in function, placement, shape, etc.
a rim, flange, or flaring part, often distinctively treated, serving as a base for a table furnishing or utensil, as a glass, teapot, or candlestick.
the part of a stocking, sock, etc., covering the foot.
the lowest part, or bottom, of anything, as of a hill, ladder, page, etc.
a supporting part; base.
the part of anything opposite the top or head:
He waited patiently at the foot of the checkout line.
the end of a bed, grave, etc., toward which the feet are placed:
Put the blanket at the foot of the bed, please.
Printing. the part of the type body that forms the sides of the groove, at the base.
the last, as of a series.
that which is written at the bottom, as the total of an account.
Prosody. a group of syllables constituting a metrical unit of a verse.
Nautical. the lower edge of a sail.
verb (used without object)
to walk; go on foot (often followed by it):
We’ll have to foot it.
to move the feet rhythmically, as to music or in dance (often followed by it).
(of vessels) to move forward; sail:
to foot briskly across the open water.
verb (used with object)
to walk or dance on:
footing the cobblestones of the old city.
to perform (a dance):
cavaliers footing a galliard.
to traverse on or as if on foot.
to make or attach a foot to:
to foot a stocking.
to pay or settle:
I always end up footing the bill.
to add (a column of figures) and set the sum at the foot (often followed by up).
to seize with talons, as a hawk.
Archaic. to kick, especially to kick away.
Obsolete. to set foot on.
get / have a / one’s foot in the door, to succeed in achieving an initial stage or step.
get off on the right / wrong foot, to begin favorably or unfavorably:
He got off on the wrong foot with a tactless remark about his audience.
have one foot in the grave. 1 (def 5).
on foot, by walking or running, rather than by riding.
put one’s best foot forward,
put one’s foot down, to take a firm stand; be decisive or determined.
put one’s foot in / into it, Informal. to make an embarrassing blunder.
Also, put one’s foot in/into one’s mouth.
set foot on / in, to go on or into; enter:
Don’t set foot in this office again!
under foot, in the way:
That cat is always under foot when I’m getting dinner.
the basis or foundation on which something is established: the business was on a secure footing
the relationship or status existing between two persons, groups, etc: the two countries were on a friendly footing
a secure grip by or for the feet
the lower part of a foundation of a column, wall, building, etc
(rare) a fee paid upon entrance into a craft, society, etc, or such an entrance itself
noun (pl) feet (fiːt)
the part of the vertebrate leg below the ankle joint that is in contact with the ground during standing and walking related adjective pedal
the part of a garment that covers a foot
any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates, including molluscs
(botany) the lower part of some plant structures, as of a developing moss sporophyte embedded in the parental tissue
any part resembling a foot in form or function: the foot of a chair
the lower part of something; base; bottom: the foot of the page, the foot of a hill
the end of a series or group: the foot of the list
manner of walking or moving; tread; step: a heavy foot
any of various attachments on a sewing machine that hold the fabric in position, such as a presser foot for ordinary sewing and a zipper foot
(prosody) a group of two or more syllables in which one syllable has the major stress, forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
a foot in the door, an action, appointment, etc, that provides an initial step towards a desired goal, esp one that is not easily attainable
(Scot & Irish) kick with the wrong foot, to be of the opposite religion to that which is regarded as acceptable or to that of the person who is speaking
my foot!, an expression of disbelief, often of the speaker’s own preceding statement: he didn’t know, my foot! Of course he did!
(archaic) of foot, in manner of movement: fleet of foot
(informal) one foot in the grave, near to death
(informal) on the right foot, in an auspicious manner
(informal) on the wrong foot, in an inauspicious manner
put a foot wrong, to make a mistake
put one’s best foot forward
(informal) put one’s foot down
(informal) put one’s foot in it, to blunder
set on foot, to initiate or start (something)
tread under foot, to oppress
under foot, on the ground; beneath one’s feet
to dance to music (esp in the phrase foot it)
(transitive) to walk over or set foot on; traverse (esp in the phrase foot it)
(transitive) to pay the entire cost of (esp in the phrase foot the bill)
(usually foll by up) (archaic or dialect) to add up
Michael (Mackintosh). 1913–2010, British Labour politician and journalist; secretary of state for employment (1974–76); leader of the House of Commons (1976–79); leader of the Labour Party (1980–83)
“position of the feet on the ground, stance,” late 14c., from foot (n.). Figurative meaning “firm or secure position” is from 1580s; that of “condition on which anything is established” is from 1650s.
Old English fot, from Proto-Germanic *fot (cf. Old Saxon fot, Old Norse fotr, Dutch voet, Old High German fuoz, German Fuß, Gothic fotus “foot”), from PIE *ped- (cf. Avestan pad-; Sanskrit pad-, accusative padam “foot;” Greek pos, Attic pous, genitive podos; Latin pes, genitive pedis “foot;” Lithuanian padas “sole,” peda “footstep”). Plural form feet is an instance of i-mutation. Of a bed, grave, etc., first recorded c.1300.
The linear measurement of 12 inches was in Old English, from the length of a man’s foot. Colloquial exclamation my foot! expressing “contemptuous contradiction” [OED] is first attested 1923, probably a euphemism for my ass, in the same sense, which dates back to 1796. The metrical foot (Old English, translating Latin pes, Greek pous in the same sense) is commonly taken as a reference to keeping time by tapping the foot.
To get off on the right foot is from 1905; to put one’s best foot foremost first recorded 1849 (Shakespeare has the better foot before, 1596). To put one’s foot in (one’s) mouth “say something stupid” is attested by 1942; the expression put (one’s) foot in something “make a mess of it” is from 1823.
c.1400, “dance, move on foot,” from foot (n.). To foot a bill is attested from 1848, from the process of tallying the expenses and writing the figure at the bottom (“foot”) of the bill.
n. pl. feet (fēt)
Plural feet (fēt)
A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to 1/3 of a yard or 12 inches (30.48 centimeters). See Table at measurement.
big foot, doughfoot, flatfoot, give someone the foot, have one foot in the grave, heavy-foot, hotfoot, put one’s foot in it, put one’s foot in one’s mouth, shoot oneself in the foot, tangle-foot, tenderfoot, web-foot
noun, Building Trades. 1. one of a series of horizontal transverse timbers supporting a platform or staging.
[foo t-n-mouth] /ˈfʊt nˈmaʊθ/ adjective 1. (of a statement) inappropriate, insensitive, or imprudent.
- Foot-in-mouth disease
noun, Informal: Facetious. 1. the habit of making inappropriate, insensitive, or imprudent statements. noun phrase The uttering of embarrassing, stupid, or indiscreet speech: Pat Robertson, who regularly displays symptoms of foot-in-mouth disease [1960s+; blend of the veterinary term hoof-andmouth disease and the idiom put one’s foot in one’s mouth; put one’s foot in it, ”blunder […]
[foo t-lam-bert] /ˈfʊtˌlæm bərt/ noun, Optics. 1. a unit of luminance or photometric brightness, equal to the luminance of a surface emitting a luminous flux of one lumen per square foot, the luminance of a perfectly reflecting surface receiving an illumination of one foot-candle. Abbreviation: fL. noun 1. a former unit of luminance equal to […]