(plural feet; also foot)
Etymology: Middle English fot, from Old English fōt; akin to Old High German fuot foot, Latin ped-, pes, Greek pod-, pous
Date: before 12th century
1. the terminal part of the vertebrate leg upon which an individual stands
2. an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment; especially a ventral muscular surface or process of a mollusk
3. any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot; especially a unit equal to 1/3 yard and comprising 12 inches — pl. foot used between a number and a noun <a 10-foot pole> — pl. feet or foot used between a number and an adjective <6 feet tall> — see weight table 4. the basic unit of verse meter consisting of any of various fixed combinations or groups of stressed and unstressed or long and short syllables 5. a. motion or power of walking or running ; step <fleet of foot> b. speed, swiftness <showed early foot> 6. something resembling a foot in position or use: as a. the lower end of the leg of a chair or table b. (1) the basal portion of the sporophyte in mosses (2) a specialized outgrowth by which the embryonic sporophyte especially of many bryophytes absorbs nourishment from the gametophyte c. a piece on a sewing machine that presses the cloth against the feed 7. foot plural, chiefly British infantry 8. the lower edge (as of a sail) 9. the lowest part ; bottom <the foot of the hill> 10. a. the end that is lower or opposite the head <the foot of the bed> b. the part (as of a stocking) that covers the foot 11. foots plural but singular or plural in construction material deposited especially in aging or refining ; dregs 12. foots plural footlights II. verb Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. dance 2. to go on foot 3. of a sailboat to make speed ; move transitive verb 1. a. to perform the movements of (a dance) b. to walk, run, or dance on, over, or through 2. archaic a. kick b. reject 3. archaic establish 4. a. to add up b. to pay or stand credit for <foot the bill> 5. to make or renew the foot of (as a stocking)
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.