What does foot mean?

Definitions for foot

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word foot.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. foot, human foot, pesnoun

    the part of the leg of a human being below the ankle joint

    "his bare feet projected from his trousers"; "armored from head to foot"

  2. foot, ftnoun

    a linear unit of length equal to 12 inches or a third of a yard

    "he is six feet tall"

  3. footnoun

    the lower part of anything

    "curled up on the foot of the bed"; "the foot of the page"; "the foot of the list"; "the foot of the mountain"

  4. animal foot, footnoun

    the pedal extremity of vertebrates other than human beings

  5. foundation, base, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructurenoun

    lowest support of a structure

    "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"

  6. foot, invertebrate footnoun

    any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates

  7. footnoun

    travel by walking

    "he followed on foot"; "the swiftest of foot"

  8. footnoun

    a member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger

  9. infantry, footnoun

    an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot

    "there came ten thousand horsemen and as many fully-armed foot"

  10. metrical foot, foot, metrical unitnoun

    (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm

  11. footverb

    a support resembling a pedal extremity

    "one foot of the chair was on the carpet"

  12. foot, pickverb

    pay for something

    "pick up the tab"; "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages"; "foot the bill"

  13. foot, leg it, hoof, hoof itverb


    "let's hoof it to the disco"

  14. foot, foot upverb

    add a column of numbers


  1. footnoun

    A biological structure found in many animals that is used for locomotion and that is frequently a separate organ at the terminal part of the leg.

    A spider has eight feet.

  2. footnoun

    Specifically, a human foot, which is found below the ankle and is used for standing and walking.

    Southern Italy is shaped like a foot.

  3. footnoun

    Travel by walking.

  4. footnoun

    The base or bottom of anything.

    I'll meet you at the foot of the stairs.

  5. footnoun

    The part of a flat surface on which the feet customarily rest.

    We came and stood at the foot of the bed.

  6. footnoun

    The end of a rectangular table opposite the head.

    The host should sit at the foot of the table.

  7. footnoun

    A short foot-like projection on the bottom of an object to support it.

    The feet of the stove hold it a safe distance above the floor.

  8. footnoun

    A unit of measure equal to twelve inches or one third of a yard, equal to exactly 30.48 centimetres.

    The flag pole at the local high school is about 20 feet high.

  9. footnoun

    Foot soldiers; infantry.

    King John went to battle with ten thousand foot and one thousand horse.

  10. footverb

    To use the foot to kick (usually a ball).

  11. footverb

    To pay (a bill).

  12. footverb

    To parse into metrical feet.

  13. footnoun

    The end of a cigar which is lit, and usually cut before lighting.

  14. footnoun

    The part of a sewing machine which presses downward on the fabric, and may also serve to move it forward.

  15. footnoun

    The bottommost part of a typed or printed page.

  16. footnoun

    The basic measure of rhythm in a poem.

  17. footnoun

    The parsing of syllables into prosodic constituents, which are used to determine the placement of stress in languages along with the notions of constituent heads.

  18. footnoun

    The bottom edge of a sail.

    To make the mainsail fuller in shape, the outhaul is eased to reduce the tension on the foot of the sail.

  19. footnoun

    The end of a billiard or pool table behind the foot point where the balls are racked.

  20. footnoun

    In a bryophyte, that portion of a sporophyte which remains embedded within and attached to the parent gametophyte plant.

  21. footnoun

    The muscular part of a bivalve mollusc by which it moves or holds its position on a surface.

  22. footnoun

    The globular lower domain of a protein.

  23. footnoun

    The foot of a line perpendicular to a given line is the point where the lines intersect.

  24. footnoun

    Plural form of footman.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FOOTnoun

    plural feet.

    Etymology: fot , Saxon; voet, Dutch; fut, Scottish.

    The queen that bore thee,
    Oft’ner upon her knees than on her feet,
    Died ev’ry day she liv’d. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    His affection to the church was so notorious, that he never deserted it ’till both it and he were over-run and trod under foot. Edward Hyde.

    Yond’ towers, whose wanton tops do buss the clouds,
    Must kiss their own feet. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    Fretting, by little and little, washes away and eats out both the tops and sides and feet of mountains. George Hakewill, on Provid.

    What dismal cries are those?
    —— Nothing; a trifling sum of misery,
    New added to the foot of thy account:
    Thy wife is seiz’d by force, and born away. John Dryden, Cleomen.

    Antiochus departed, weening in his pride to make the land navigable, and the sea passable by foot. 2 Mac. v. 21.

    Israel journeyed about six hundred thousand on foot. Ex. xii.

    The centurions and their charges distinctly billeted, already in the entertainment, and to be on foot at an hour’s warning. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Lusias gathered threescore thousand choice men of foot, and five thousand horsemen. 1 Mac. iv. 28.

    Himself with all his foot entered the town, his horse being quartered about it. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Thrice horse and foot about the fires are led,
    And thrice with loud laments they wail the dead. Dryden.

    See on what foot we stand; a scanty shore,
    The sea behind, our enemies before. John Dryden, Æn.

    In specifying the word Ireland, it would seem to insinuate that we are not upon the same foot with our fellow subjects in England. Jonathan Swift, Drapier’s Letters.

    What colour of excuse can be for the contempt with which we treat this part of our species, that we should not put them upon the common foot of humanity, that we should only set an insignificant fine upon the man who murders them? Addis.

    There is no wellwisher to his country without a little hope, that in time the kingdom may be on a better foot. Jonathan Swift.

    I ask, whether upon the foot of our constitution, as it stood in the reign of the late king James, a king of England may be deposed? Jonathan Swift.

    If such a tradition were at any time set on foot, it is not easy to imagine how it should at first gain entertainment; but much more difficult how it should come to be universally propagated. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Were it not for this easy borrowing upon interest, men’s necessities would draw upon them a most sudden undoing, in that they would be forced to sell their means, be it lands or goods, far under foot. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Feet, in our English versifying, without quantity and joints, be sure signs that the verse is either born deformed, unnatural, or lame. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    Did’st thou hear these verses?
    —— O yes, I heard them all, and more too; for some o’ them had in them more feet than the verses would bear. William Shakespeare.

    While other jests are something rank on foot,
    Her father hath commanded her to slip
    Away with Slender to marry. William Shakespeare, Mer. Wives of Winds.

    In the government of the world the number and variety of the ends on foot, with the secret nature of most things to which they relate, must make a distinct remark of their congruity, in some cases very difficult, and in some unattainable. Nehemiah Grew.

    An orange, lemon, and apple, wrapt in a linnen cloth, being buried for a fortnight’s space four foot deep within the earth, came forth no ways mouldy or rotten. Francis Bacon.

    This man’s son would, every foot and anon, be taking some of his companions into the orchard. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Footverb

    You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, and foot me as you spurn a stranger cur over your threshold. William Shakespeare.

    What confed’racy have you with the traitors
    Late footed in the kingdom? William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Saint Withold footed thrice the wold:
    He met the night-mare, and her name told;
    Bid her alight, and her troth plight,
    And aroynt thee, witch, aroynt thee right. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    There haply by the ruddy damsel seen,
    Or shepherd boy, they featly foot the green. Thomas Tickell.

  3. To Footverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Lonely the vale and full of horror stood,
    Brown with the shade of a religious wood;
    The moon was up, and shot a gleamy light;
    He saw a quire of ladies in a round,
    That featly footing seem’d to skim the ground. Dryden.

    By this the dreadful beast drew nigh to land,
    Half flying, and half footing in his haste. Fairy Queen.

    Take heed, have open eye; for thieves do foot by night. Sh.

    The man set the boy upon the ass, and footed it himself. Roger L'Estrange.

    With them a man sometimes cannot be a penitent, unless he also turns vagabond, and foots it to Jerusalem; or wanders over this or that part of the world, to visit the shrine of such or such a pretended saint. South.

    If you are for a merry jaunt, I’ll try, for once, who can foot it farthest. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.


  1. Foot

    The foot (PL: feet) is an anatomical structure found in many vertebrates. It is the terminal portion of a limb which bears weight and allows locomotion. In many animals with feet, the foot is a separate organ at the terminal part of the leg made up of one or more segments or bones, generally including claws or nails.


  1. foot

    A foot is a unit of length in the imperial and U.S. customary systems of measurement, representing 1/3 of a yard, or 12 inches. It is also commonly used to indicate the bottom part of a human or animal leg, upon which they stand and walk. Additionally, it can be used figuratively in various phrases and contexts as well.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Footnoun

    the terminal part of the leg of man or an animal; esp., the part below the ankle or wrist; that part of an animal upon which it rests when standing, or moves. See Manus, and Pes

  2. Footnoun

    the muscular locomotive organ of a mollusk. It is a median organ arising from the ventral region of body, often in the form of a flat disk, as in snails. See Illust. of Buccinum

  3. Footnoun

    that which corresponds to the foot of a man or animal; as, the foot of a table; the foot of a stocking

  4. Footnoun

    the lowest part or base; the ground part; the bottom, as of a mountain or column; also, the last of a row or series; the end or extremity, esp. if associated with inferiority; as, the foot of a hill; the foot of the procession; the foot of a class; the foot of the bed

  5. Footnoun

    fundamental principle; basis; plan; -- used only in the singular

  6. Footnoun

    recognized condition; rank; footing; -- used only in the singular

  7. Footnoun

    a measure of length equivalent to twelve inches; one third of a yard. See Yard

  8. Footnoun

    soldiers who march and fight on foot; the infantry, usually designated as the foot, in distinction from the cavalry

  9. Footnoun

    a combination of syllables consisting a metrical element of a verse, the syllables being formerly distinguished by their quantity or length, but in modern poetry by the accent

  10. Footnoun

    the lower edge of a sail

  11. Footverb

    to tread to measure or music; to dance; to trip; to skip

  12. Footverb

    to walk; -- opposed to ride or fly

  13. Footverb

    to kick with the foot; to spurn

  14. Footverb

    to set on foot; to establish; to land

  15. Footverb

    to tread; as, to foot the green

  16. Footverb

    to sum up, as the numbers in a column; -- sometimes with up; as, to foot (or foot up) an account

  17. Footverb

    the size or strike with the talon

  18. Footverb

    to renew the foot of, as of stocking

  19. Etymology: [OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet. AS. ft, pl. ft; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. ftr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. ftus, L. pes, Gr. poy`s, Skr. pd, Icel. fet step, pace measure of a foot, feta to step, find one's way. 77, 250. Cf. Antipodes, Cap-a-pie, Expedient, Fet to fetch, Fetlock, Fetter, Pawn a piece in chess, Pedal.]


  1. Foot

    The foot is an anatomical structure found in many vertebrates. It is the terminal portion of a limb which bears weight and allows locomotion. In many animals with feet, the foot is a separate organ at the terminal part of the leg made up of one or more segments or bones, generally including claws or nails.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Foot

    foot, n. that part of its body on which an animal stands or walks (having in man 26 bones): the lower part or base: a measure=12 in., (orig.) the length of a man's foot: foot-soldiers: a division of a line of poetry:—pl. Feet.—v.i. to dance: to walk:—pr.p. foot′ing; pa.p. foot′ed.ns. Foot′ball, a large ball for kicking about in sport: play with this ball; Foot′-bath, act of bathing the feet: a vessel for this purpose; Foot′-board, a support for the foot in a carriage or elsewhere: the foot-plate of a locomotive engine; Foot′boy, an attendant in livery; Foot′breadth, the breadth of a foot, an area of this size; Foot′bridge, a narrow bridge for foot-passengers; Foot′cloth (Shak.), a sumpter-cloth which reached to the feet of the horse.—p.adj. Foot′ed, provided with a foot or feet: (Shak.) having gained a foothold, established.—ns. Foot′fall, a setting the foot on the ground: a footstep; Foot′gear, shoes and stockings.—n.pl. Foot′guards, guards that serve on foot, the élite of the British infantry.—ns. Foot′hill, a minor elevation distinct from the higher part of a mountain and separating it from the valley (usually in pl.); Foot′hold, space on which to plant the feet: that which sustains the feet; Foot′ing, place for the foot to rest on: firm foundation: position: settlement: tread: dance: plain cotton lace.—adj. Foot′less, having no feet.—ns. Foot′-lick′er (Shak.), a fawning, slavish flatterer; Foot′light, one of a row of lights in front of and on a level with the stage in a theatre, &c.; Foot′man, a servant or attendant in livery: (B.) a soldier who serves on foot: a runner:—pl. Foot′men; Foot′mark, Foot′print, the mark or print of a foot: a track; Foot′note, a note of reference at the foot of a page; Foot′pad, a highwayman or robber on foot, who frequents public paths or roads; Foot′-pass′enger, one who travels on foot; Foot′path, a narrow way which will not admit carriages; Foot′-plate, the platform on which the driver and stoker of a locomotive engine stand; Foot′-post, a post or messenger that travels on foot; Foot′-pound, the force needed to raise one pound weight the height of one foot—the usual unit in measuring mechanical force; Foot′-race, a race on foot; Foot′-rope, a rope stretching along under a ship's yard for the men standing on when furling the sails: the rope to which the lower edge of a sail is attached; Foot′rot, a name applied to certain inflammatory affections about the feet of sheep; Foot′rule, a rule

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Foot

    The distal extremity of the leg in vertebrates, consisting of the tarsus (ANKLE); METATARSUS; phalanges; and the soft tissues surrounding these bones.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. FOOT

    The understanding of a girl from the west. FOOT-PATH Chicago, Ill.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. foot

    The lower end of a mast or sail. Also, the general name of infantry soldiers. Also, the measure of 12 inches, or one-sixth of a fathom.--To foot. To push with the feet; as, "foot the top-sail out clear of the top-rim."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. foot

    The foot-soldiers; the infantry, usually designated as the foot, in distinction from the cavalry.

  2. foot

    To gain or lose ground foot by foot, is to do it regularly and resolutely; defending everything to the utmost extremity, or forcing it by dint of art or labor.

Editors Contribution

  1. foot

    A unit of measurement with a known value in a specific measurement system.

    The United States uses the international measuremet of a foot.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2016  

  2. foot

    An element of the leg of an animal or human being attached to the ankle joint.

    We human beings have a foot attached to each leg.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. FOOT

    What does FOOT stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the FOOT acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.


  1. Foot

    the tarsus, q.v.; improperly used to = leg; but in the plural form refers to legs rather than tarsi: see feet.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FOOT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Foot is ranked #47272 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Foot surname appeared 449 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Foot.

    77.9% or 350 total occurrences were White.
    9.1% or 41 total occurrences were Black.
    8.4% or 38 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.1% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'foot' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1544

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'foot' in Written Corpus Frequency: #936

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'foot' in Nouns Frequency: #163

How to pronounce foot?

How to say foot in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foot in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of foot in a Sentence

  1. Kenneth Corey:

    The officers exercised great restraint and did not return fire, and I want to emphasize that. These officers are being fired at and did not shoot back. Instead, they chased the suspects on foot and apprehended the two of them a short distance away without further incident, where a firearm was also recovered.

  2. Michael Rodriguez:

    We're mostly going to honor our brothers and sisters … that never came home. We're also honoring everyone who has served. War touches you. Many of us have set foot on a battlefield, and it's going to come home with you, some of us, it's a little more obvious than others. We're also honoring the family. I've often said the most challenging appointment for me were not the 10 I went on, but it was the one where I watched my son deploy to the same regions of Afghanistan to do almost the exact same mission I did some years afterward.

  3. Jeremy DeSilva:

    For the first time, we have an amazing window into what walking was like for a 2 ½ - year-old, more than 3 million years ago, this is the most complete foot of an ancient juvenile ever discovered.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

  5. Larry Sabato:

    He's now got a foot in the game, this shows you the advantage you can have with enormous wealth, but also that you really can't buy a nomination like this.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for foot

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for foot »


Find a translation for the foot definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"foot." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 22 May 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/foot>.

Discuss these foot definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for foot? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
    A vehicle
    B accessory
    C witness
    D accommodation

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for foot: