HEEL

heel

(noun) the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation

heel

(noun) (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft

heel

(noun) the lower end of a ship’s mast

heel

(noun) the back part of the human foot

heel

(noun) one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread

cad, bounder, blackguard, dog, hound, heel

(noun) someone who is morally reprehensible; “you dirty dog”

heel, reheel

(verb) put a new heel on; “heel shoes”

heel

(verb) strike with the heel of the club; “heel a golf ball”

heel

(verb) perform with the heels; “heel that dance”

heel

(verb) follow at the heels of a person

list, heel

(verb) tilt to one side; “The balloon heeled over”; “the wind made the vessel heel”; “The ship listed to starboard”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Proper noun

Heel

A part of Maasgouw in the Netherlands

Anagrams

• Ehle, Hele, hele

Etymology 1

Noun

heel (plural heels)

(anatomy) The rear part of the foot, where it joins the leg.

The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.

The rear part of a sock or similar covering for the foot.

The part of the palm of a hand closest to the wrist.

(usually, in the plural) A woman's high-heeled shoe.

(firearms) The back, upper part of the stock.

The last or lowest part of anything.

(US, Ireland, Australia) A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.

(US) The base of a bun sliced in half lengthwise.

A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.

(slang, professional wrestling) A headlining wrestler regarded as a "bad guy," whose ring persona embodies villainous or reprehensible traits and demonstrates characteristics of a braggart and a bully.

(card games) The cards set aside for later use in a patience or solitaire game.

Anything resembling a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.

(architecture) The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or rafter.

(specifically, US) The obtuse angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping.

(architecture, workman slang) A cyma reversa.

(carpentry) The short side of an angled cut.

(golf) The part of a club head's face nearest the shaft.

The lower end of the bit (cutting edge) of an axehead; as opposed to the toe (upper end).

In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the cylinder.

Synonyms

• (end of bread): ender, outsider (Scotland)

Antonyms

• (headlining wrestler): babyface

• (angled cut in carpentry): toe

Verb

heel (third-person singular simple present heels, present participle heeling, simple past and past participle heeled)

To follow at somebody's heels; to chase closely.

To add a heel to, or increase the size of the heel of (a shoe or boot).

To kick with the heel.

(transitive) To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, etc.

(transitive) To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.

(golf, transitive) To hit (the ball) with the heel of the club.

(American football, transitive) To make (a fair catch) standing with one foot forward, the heel on the ground and the toe up.

Etymology 2

Verb

heel (third-person singular simple present heels, present participle heeling, simple past and past participle heeled)

(chiefly, nautical) To incline to one side; to tilt. [from 16th c.]

Noun

heel (plural heels)

(nautical) The act of inclining or canting from a vertical position; a cant. [from 17th c.]

Synonyms

• heeling

Etymology 3

Verb

heel (third-person singular simple present heels, present participle heeling, simple past and past participle heeled)

(rare, now especially in the phrase "heel in") Alternative form of hele (“cover; conceal”).

Anagrams

• Ehle, Hele, hele

Source: Wiktionary


Heel, v. i. Etym: [OE. helden to lean, incline, AS. heldan, hyldan; akin to Icel. halla, Dan. helde, Sw. hälla to tilt, pour, and perh. to E. hill.] (Naut.)

Definition: 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.

Heel, n. Etym: [OE. hele, heele, AS. hela, perh. for hohila, fr. AS. heh heel (cf. Hough); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h, Icel. hæll, Dan. hæl, Sw. häl, and L. calx. sq. root12. Cf. Inculcate.]

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.

5. 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.) The after end of a ship's keel. (b) (Naut.) The lower end of a mast, a boom, the bowsprit, the sternpost, etc. (c) (Mil.) In a small arm, the corner of the but which is upwards in the firing position. (d) (Mil.) The uppermost part of the blade of a sword, next to the hilt. (e) The part of any tool next the tang or handle; as, the heel of a scythe.

6. (Man.)

Definition: Management by the heel, especially the spurred heel; as, the horse understands the heel well.

7. (Arch.) (a) 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) A cyma reversa; -- so called by workmen. Gwilt. Heel chain (Naut.), a chain passing from the bowsprit cap around the heel of the jib boom.

– Heel plate, the butt plate of a gun.

– Heel of a rafter. (Arch.) See Heel, n., 7.

– Heel ring, a ring for fastening a scythe blade to the snath.

– Neck and heels, the whole body. (Colloq.) -- To be at the heels of, to pursue closely; to follow hard: as, hungry want is at my heels. Otway.

– To be down at the heel, to be slovenly or in a poor plight.

– To be out at the heels, to have on stockings that are worn out; hence, to be shabby, or in a poor plight. Shak.

– To cool the heels. See under Cool.

– To go heels over head, to turn over so as to bring the heels uppermost; hence, to move in a inconsiderate, or rash, manner.

– To have the heels of, to outrun.

– To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to imprison. Shak. Addison.

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

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

– To throw up another's heels, to trip him. Bunyan.

– To tread upon one's heels, to follow closely. Shak.

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

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

3. To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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