- foot [foot]n.pl. feet [ME fot < OE, akin to Ger fuss < IE * pōd-, var. of base * pēd-, foot, to go > Sans pad-, Gr pous, L pes]1. the end part of the leg, on which a person or animal stands or moves2. a thing like a foot in some way; specif.,a) the part that a thing stands on; baseb) the lowest part; bottom [the foot of a page]c) the last of a series [go to the foot of the line]d) the part of a sewing machine that holds the cloth steadye) the part of the body of a mollusk that is normally muscular and ventrally located, used for attachment, burrowing, and locomotion, or, as in cephalopods, serving as the basis for the arms, tentacles, eyes, and mouth3. the end of a bed, grave, etc. toward which the feet are directed4. the end opposite to the end designated the head [at the foot of the table]5. the part of a stocking, boot, etc. that covers the foot6. a unit of length in the FPS system, equal to 12 inches or 1/ 3 yard (0.3048 meter): symbol, ′: abbrev. ft: pl. sometimes foot following a number [ 50 foot of lumber ] and always in attributive use [ a six- foot athlete ]7. [with pl. v.] Brit. foot soldiers; infantry foots8. the sediment in a liquid usually used in pl.9. a group of syllables serving as a unit of meter in verse; esp., such a unit having a specified placement of the stressed syllable or syllablesvi.1.a) to danceb) to go on foot: now rare exc. in phr. foot it: see below2. to move ahead, esp. with speed: said of a sailboatvt.1. to walk, dance, or run on, over, or through; tread2. to make or repair the foot of (a stocking, etc.)3. to add (a column of figures) and set down a total: often with up☆ 4. Informal to pay (costs, expenses, etc.) [to foot the bill]——————foot itInformal to dance, walk, or run——————of footin walking or running [swift of foot]——————on foot1. walking or running2. going on; in process——————on the wrong footin an inept or unfavorable way at the very beginning——————put one's best foot forward Informal1. to do the best that one can2. to try to appear at one's best——————put one's foot downInformal to be firm; act decisively——————put one's foot in it or put one's foot in in one's mouthInformal to make an embarrassing or troublesome blunder——————under foot1. on the surface of the ground; on the floor, etc.2. in the wayUSAGE- For phrases using feet, see FEET
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.