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heel

HEEL, n. [L. calx; Gr. a tumor.]

1. The hind part of the foot, particularly of man; but it is applied also to the corresponding part of the feet of quadrupeds.

2. The whole foot.

The stag recalls his strength, his speed,

His winged heels--

3. The hind part of a shoe, either for man or beast.

4. The part of a stocking intended for the heel.

To be out at the heels, is to have on stockings that are worn out.

5. Something shaped like the human heel; a protuberance or knob.

6. The latter part; as, a bill was introduced into the legislature at the heel of the session.

7. A spur.

This horse understands the heel well.

8. The after end of a ship's keel; the lower end of the stern-post to which it is connected; also,the lower end of a mast.

To be at the heels, to pursue closely; to follow hard; also, to attend closely.

Hungry want is at my heels.

To show the heels, to flee; to run from.

To take to the heels, to flee; to betake to flight.

To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to confine.

To have the heels of, to outrun.

Neck and heels, the whole length of the body.

HEEL, v.i. To dance.

HEEL, v.t. To arm a cock.

1. To add a heel to; as, to heel a shoe.

HEEL v.i. To incline; to lean; as a ship; as, the ship heels a-port, or a star-board.




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HEEL, n. [L. calx; Gr. a tumor.]

1. The hind part of the foot, particularly of man; but it is applied also to the corresponding part of the feet of quadrupeds.

2. The whole foot.

The stag recalls his strength, his speed,

His winged heels--

3. The hind part of a shoe, either for man or beast.

4. The part of a stocking intended for the heel.

To be out at the heels, is to have on stockings that are worn out.

5. Something shaped like the human heel; a protuberance or knob.

6. The latter part; as, a bill was introduced into the legislature at the heel of the session.

7. A spur.

This horse understands the heel well.

8. The after end of a ship's keel; the lower end of the stern-post to which it is connected; also,the lower end of a mast.

To be at the heels, to pursue closely; to follow hard; also, to attend closely.

Hungry want is at my heels.

To show the heels, to flee; to run from.

To take to the heels, to flee; to betake to flight.

To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to confine.

To have the heels of, to outrun.

Neck and heels, the whole length of the body.

HEEL, v.i. To dance.

HEEL, v.t. To arm a cock.

1. To add a heel to; as, to heel a shoe.

HEEL v.i. To incline; to lean; as a ship; as, the ship heels a-port, or a star-board.


HEEL, n. [Sax. hel, hela; D. hiel; Sw. häl; Dan. hæl; L. calx. Qu. its alliance to Gr. κηλη, a tumor.]

  1. The hind part of the foot, particularly of man; but it is applied also to the corresponding part of the feet of quadrupeds.
  2. The whole foot. The stag recalls his strength, his speed, / His winged heels. Denham.
  3. The hind part of a shoe, either for man or beast.
  4. The part of a stocking intended for the heel. To be out at the heels, is to have on stockings that are worn out.
  5. Something shaped like the human heel; a protuberance or knob. Mortimer.
  6. The latter part; as, a bill was introduced into the legislature at the heel of the session.
  7. A spur. This horse understands the heel well. Encyc.
  8. The after end of a ship's keel; the lower end of the stern-post to which it is connected; also, the lower end of a mast. To be at the heels, to pursue closely; to follow hard; also, to attend closely. Hungry want is at my heels. Otway. To show the heels, to flee; to run from. To take to the heels, to flee; to betake to flight. To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to confine. Addisom. To have the heels of, to outrun. Neck and heels, the whole length of the body.

HEEL, v.i.1

To dance. Shak.


HEEL, v.i.2 [Sax. hyldan, to lean or incline; D. hellen; Dan. helder; Sw. hälla, to tilt.]

To incline; to lean, as a ship; as, the ship heels a-port, or a-starboard. Encyc.


HEEL, v.t.

  1. To arm a cock. Johnson.
  2. To add a heel to; as, to heel a shoe.

Heel
  1. To lean or tip to one side, as a ship; as, the ship heels aport; the boat heeled over when the squall struck it.

    Heeling error (Naut.), a deviation of the compass caused by the heeling of an iron vessel to one side or the other.

  2. The hinder part of the foot; sometimes, the whole foot; -- in man or quadrupeds.

    He [the stag] calls to mind his strength and then his speed,
    His winged heels and then his armed head.
    Denham.

  3. To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, and the like.

    [R.]

    I cannot sing,
    Nor heel the high lavolt.
    Shak.

  4. The part of the face of the club head nearest the shaft.
  5. To hit (the ball) with the heel of the club.
  6. The hinder part of any covering for the foot, as of a shoe, sock, etc.; specif., a solid part projecting downward from the hinder part of the sole of a boot or shoe.
  7. To add a heel to] as, to heel a shoe.
  8. In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the cylinder.
  9. To make (a fair catch) standing with one foot advanced, the heel on the ground and the toe up.
  10. The latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or concluding part.

    "The heel of a hunt." A. Trollope. "The heel of the white loaf." Sir W. Scott.
  11. To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.
  12. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.
  13. The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests

    ; especially: (a) (Naut.)
  14. Management by the heel, especially the spurred heel; as, the horse understands the heel well.
  15. The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or rafter. In the United States, specif., the obtuse angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping.

    (b)
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Heel

HEEL, noun [Latin calx; Gr. a tumor.]

1. The hind part of the foot, particularly of man; but it is applied also to the corresponding part of the feet of quadrupeds.

2. The whole foot.

The stag recalls his strength, his speed,

His winged heels--

3. The hind part of a shoe, either for man or beast.

4. The part of a stocking intended for the heel

To be out at the heels, is to have on stockings that are worn out.

5. Something shaped like the human heel; a protuberance or knob.

6. The latter part; as, a bill was introduced into the legislature at the heel of the session.

7. A spur.

This horse understands the heel well.

8. The after end of a ship's keel; the lower end of the stern-post to which it is connected; also, the lower end of a mast.

To be at the heels, to pursue closely; to follow hard; also, to attend closely.

Hungry want is at my heels.

To show the heels, to flee; to run from.

To take to the heels, to flee; to betake to flight.

To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to confine.

To have the heels of, to outrun.

Neck and heels, the whole length of the body.

HEEL, verb intransitive To dance.

HEEL, verb transitive To arm a cock.

1. To add a heel to; as, to heel a shoe.

HEEL verb intransitive To incline; to lean; as a ship; as, the ship heels a-port, or a star-board.

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