heel

heel
heel
heel1 [hēl]
n.
[ME hele < OE hela, akin to Du hiel < Gmc * hanhila < * hanha < IE base * kenk-, leg joint, heel]
1. the back part of the human foot, under the ankle and behind the instep: see CALCANEUS
2. the corresponding part of the hind foot of an animal
3.
a) the part of a stocking, shoe, etc. that covers the heel
b) the built-up part of a shoe or boot supporting the heel
c) [pl.] women's low-cut shoes with medium to high heels
4. crushing oppressive or tyrannical power [under the heel of fascism]
5. anything suggesting the human heel in location, shape, or function, as the end of a loaf of bread, a rind end of cheese, the part of the palm of the hand nearest the wrist, the part of the head of a golf club nearest the shaft, the lower end of a ship's mast, or a small quantity of liquor left in a bottle
6. Informal a despicable or unscrupulous person; cad
vt.
1. to furnish with a heel
2. to follow closely at the rear of
3. to touch, press, or drive forward with or as with the heel
4. to equip (a gamecock) with metal spurs
5. Informal
a) to provide (a person) with money: usually in the passive
b) to equip or arm (oneself)
6. Golf to hit (a ball) with the heel of the club
vi.
1. to follow along at the heels of someone [to teach a dog to heel]
2. to move the heels rhythmically in dancing
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at heel
close to someone's heels; just behind
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cool one's heels
Informal to wait or be kept waiting for a considerable time
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dig in one's heels see phrase under DIG1
down at the heel or down at the heels or down at heel or down at heels
1. with the heels of one's shoes in need of repair
2. shabby; seedy; run-down
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heel in
to cover (plant roots) temporarily with earth in preparation for planting
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kick up one's heels
to be lively or merry; have fun
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on the heels of or upon the heels of
close behind; immediately following
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out at the heel (or heels)
1. having holes in the heels of one's shoe(s) or sock(s)
2. shabby; seedy; run-down
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show one's heels or show a clean pair of heels
to run away
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take to one's heels
to run away
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to heel
1. close to someone's heels; just behind
2. under discipline or control
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turn on one's heel
to turn around abruptly
heelless
adj.
heel2 [hēl]
vi.
[with assimilated -d < ME helden < OE hieldan (*healdjan), to incline, slope < base of heald, sloping, bent < IE base * k̑el-, to incline > (via * k̑lei-) L -clinare, INCLINE]
to lean or tilt to one side, as a ship or boat in a high wind
vt.
to cause (a vessel) to heel
n.
1. the act of heeling
2. the extent of this

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  • Heel — Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heel — ist der Name folgender Personen: Johann Heel (1685 1749), deutscher Maler, Halbbruder des Bildhauers Peter Heel Johann Wilhelm Heel (1637 1709), deutscher Goldschmied, Erzgießer, Kupferstecher und Maler aus Nürnberg Magnus Heel (1654 1711),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • heel — Ⅰ. heel [1] ► NOUN 1) the back part of the foot below the ankle. 2) the part of a shoe or boot supporting the heel. 3) the part of the palm of the hand next to the wrist. 4) informal, dated a contemptible person. ► EXCLAMATION ▪ …   English terms dictionary

  • Heel — Heel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Heeled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Heeling}.] 1. To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, and the like. [R.] [1913 Webster] I cannot sing, Nor heel the high lavolt. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To add a heel to; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heel|er — heel|er1 «HEE luhr», noun. 1. a person who puts heels on shoes. 2. U.S. Informal. a follower or hanger on of a political boss: »a ward heeler. 3. a person who follows at the heels. heel|er 2 «HEEL uhr», noun. 1. a lurch to one side. 2. a boat… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Heel — (h[=e]l), v. i. [OE. helden to lean, incline, AS. heldan, hyldan; akin to Icel. halla, Dan. helde, Sw. h[ a]lla to tilt, pour, and perh. to E. hill.] (Naut.) To lean or tip to one side, as a ship; as, the ship heels aport; the boat heeled over… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heel — heel1 [hi:l] n ↑heel, ↑upper, ↑toe, ↑lace, ↑lining, ↑sole ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(of your foot)¦ 2¦(of a shoe)¦ 3¦(of a sock)¦ 4¦(of your hand)¦ 5 heels 6 at …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • heel — 1 noun (C) 1 OF YOUR FOOT the back part of your foot body, foot 1 2 OF A SHOE the raised part of a shoe that is under the back of your foot 3 high heeled/low heeled etc high heeled or low heeled shoes have high or low heels 4 OF A SOCK the part… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • heel — heel1 heelless, adj. /heel/, n. 1. the back part of the human foot, below and behind the ankle. 2. an analogous part in other vertebrates. 3. either hind foot or hoof of some animals, as the horse. 4. the foot as a whole: He was hung by the heels …   Universalium

  • heel — I. /hil / (say heel) noun 1. (in humans) the back part of the foot, below and behind the ankle. 2. an analogous part in other vertebrates. 3. either hind foot or hoof of some animals, as the horse. 4. the part of a stocking, shoe, or the like,… …  

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