I. noun Etymology: Middle English to, from Old English tā; akin to Old High German zēha toe Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) one of the terminal members of the vertebrate foot (2) the fore end of a foot or hoof b. a terminal segment of a limb of an invertebrate c. the forepart of something worn on the foot <
the toe of a boot
2. a part that by its position or form is felt to resemble a toe <
the toe of Italy
: as a. a lateral projection at one end or between the ends of a piece (as a rod or bolt) b. the lowest part (as of an embankment, dam, or cliff) 3. toe dancetoeless adjective II. verb (toed; toeing) Date: 1660 transitive verb 1. to furnish with a toe <
toe a sock
2. to touch, reach, or drive with the toe <
toe a football
3. to drive (as a nail) obliquely; also to clinch or fasten by or with nails or rods so driven intransitive verb 1. tiptoe 2. to stand, walk, or be placed so that the toes assume an indicated position or direction <
toe in

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Toe — Toe, n. [OE. too, taa, AS. t[=a]; akin to D. teen, G. zehe, OHG. z[=e]ha, Icel. t[=a], Sw. t[*a], Dan. taa; of uncertain origin. [root]60.] 1. (Anat.) One of the terminal members, or digits, of the foot of a man or an animal. Each one, tripping… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toe — [tō] n. [ME to < OE ta, earlier tahe, akin to Ger zehe < IE base * deik̑ , to show > TEACH, L dicere, to say, digitus] 1. a) any of the five jointed parts at the front of the human foot; digit b) the forepart of the human foot c) the… …   English World dictionary

  • Toe — Toe, v. i. To hold or carry the toes (in a certain way). [1913 Webster] {To toe in}, to stand or carry the feet in such a way that the toes of either foot incline toward the other. {To toe out}, to have the toes of each foot, in standing or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Toe — Toe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Toed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Toeing}.] To touch or reach with the toes; to come fully up to; as, to toe the mark. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toe — UK US /təʊ/ verb [T] ● toe the line Cf. toe the line …   Financial and business terms

  • toe — ► NOUN 1) any of the five digits at the end of the foot. 2) the lower end, tip, or point of something. ► VERB (toes, toed, toeing) ▪ push, touch, or kick with one s toes. ● make someone s toes curl …   English terms dictionary

  • Toe — This article is about the body part. For other uses, see Toe (disambiguation). Ring toe redirects here. For the ring designed to be worn on a toe, see Toe ring. Toes Toes on the foot. The innermost toe (bottom left in image), which is normally… …   Wikipedia

  • toe — /toʊ / (say toh) noun 1. (in humans) one of the terminal members or digits of the foot. 2. an analogous part in other animals. 3. the forepart of the foot or hoof of a horse or the like. 4. a part, as of a stocking or shoe, to cover the toes. 5.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • toe — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big ▪ The shoe pressed painfully against her big toe. ▪ little, pinky (AmE) ▪ bare ▪ Under his bare toes the …   Collocations dictionary

  • toe — I UK [təʊ] / US [toʊ] noun [countable] Word forms toe : singular toe plural toes ** a) one of the five individual parts at the end of your foot. Your big toe is the largest, and your little toe is the smallest Vera slipped off her shoes and… …   English dictionary

  • toe — toe1 [ tou ] noun count ** one of the five individual parts at the end of your foot. Your big toe is the largest, and your little toe is the smallest: Vera slipped off her shoes and wriggled her toes. I stubbed my toe (=hurt it by hitting it) on… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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