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(1)   Travel by walking
"He followed on foot"
"The swiftest of foot"
(2)   The pedal extremity of vertebrates other than human beings
(3)   Any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates
(4)   A support resembling a pedal extremity
"One foot of the chair was on the carpet"
(5)   Lowest support of a structure
"It was built on a base of solid rock"
"He stood at the foot of the tower"
(6)   The part of the leg of a human being below the ankle joint
"His bare feet projected from his trousers"
"Armored from head to foot"
(7)   (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
(8)   An army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot
"There came ten thousand horsemen and as many fully-armed foot"
(9)   The lower part of anything
"Curled up on the foot of the bed"
"The foot of the page"
"The foot of the list"
"The foot of the mountain"
(10)   A member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger
(11)   A linear unit of length equal to 12 inches or a third of a yard
"He is six feet tall"


(12)   Add a column of numbers
(13)   Walk
"Let's hoof it to the disco"
(14)   Pay for something
"Pick up the tab"
"Pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages"
"Foot the bill"


, from , from .


  1. 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.
    A spider has eight feet.
  2. Specifically, a human foot, which is found below the ankle and is used for standing and walking.
    Southern Italy is shaped like a foot.
  3. 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. The base or bottom of anything.
    I'll meet you at the foot of the stairs.
  5. The part of a flat surface on which the feet customarily rest.
    We came and stood at the foot of the bed.
  6. The end of a rectangular table opposite the head.
    The host should sit at the foot of the table.
  7. A short foot-like projection on the bottom of an object to support it.
    The feet of the stove hold it a safe distance above the floor.
  8. A unit of measure equal to twelve inches or one third of a yard, equal to exactly 30.48 centimetres.
    Most people are less than six feet tall.
  9. Foot soldiers; infantry.
    King John went to battle with ten thousand foot and one thousand horse.
  10. The end of a cigar which is lit, and usually cut before lighting.
  11. The part of a sewing machine which presses downward on the fabric, and may also serve to move it forward.
  12. The bottommost part of a typed or printed page.
  13. The basic measure of rhythm in a poem.
  14. The parsing of syllables into prosodic constituents, which are used to determine the placement of stress in languages along with the notions of constituent heads.
  15. The bottom edge of a sail.
    To make the mainsail fuller in shape, the outhaul is eased to reduce the tension on the foot of the sail.
  16. The end of a billiard or pool table behind the foot point where the balls are racked.
  17. The muscular part of a bivalve mollusc by which it moves or holds its position on a surface.
  18. The globular lower domain of a protein.
  19. The foot of a line perpendicular to a given line is the point where the lines intersect.

Usage notes
The ordinary plural of the unit of measurement is , but in many contexts, itself may be used (“a six-foot tall man”). This is a reflex of the Anglo-Saxon (Old English) genitive plural.

Coordinate terms

inch, yard, mile head, sides head, body head, leech, luff head, cleft, neck horse


  1. To use the foot to kick (usually a ball).
  2. To pay (a bill).
  3. To parse into metrical feet.