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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heel(noun)

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

  2. heel(noun)

    the back part of the human foot

  3. cad, bounder, blackguard, dog, hound, heel(noun)

    someone who is morally reprehensible

    "you dirty dog"

  4. heel(noun)

    one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread

  5. heel(noun)

    the lower end of a ship's mast

  6. heel(verb)

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

  7. list, heel(verb)

    tilt to one side

    "The balloon heeled over"; "the wind made the vessel heel"; "The ship listed to starboard"

  8. heel(verb)

    follow at the heels of a person

  9. heel(verb)

    perform with the heels

    "heel that dance"

  10. heel(verb)

    strike with the heel of the club

    "heel a golf ball"

  11. heel, reheel(verb)

    put a new heel on

    "heel shoes"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heel(verb)

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

  2. Heel(noun)

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

  3. Heel(noun)

    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

  4. Heel(noun)

    the latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or concluding part

  5. Heel(noun)

    anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob

  6. Heel(noun)

    the part of a thing corresponding in position to the human heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests

  7. Heel(noun)

    the after end of a ship's keel

  8. Heel(noun)

    the lower end of a mast, a boom, the bowsprit, the sternpost, etc

  9. Heel(noun)

    in a small arm, the corner of the but which is upwards in the firing position

  10. Heel(noun)

    the uppermost part of the blade of a sword, next to the hilt

  11. Heel(noun)

    the part of any tool next the tang or handle; as, the heel of a scythe

  12. Heel(noun)

    management by the heel, especially the spurred heel; as, the horse understands the heel well

  13. Heel(noun)

    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

  14. Heel(noun)

    a cyma reversa; -- so called by workmen

  15. Heel(verb)

    to perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, and the like

  16. Heel(verb)

    to add a heel to; as, to heel a shoe

  17. Heel(verb)

    to arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting

  18. Origin: [OE. hele, heele, AS. hla, perh. for hhila, fr. AS. hh heel (cf. Hough); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, hla, Icel. hll, Dan. hl, Sw. hl, and L. calx. 12. Cf. Inculcate.]


  1. Heel

    In human anatomy, the heel is the prominence at the posterior end of the foot. It is based on the projection of one bone, the calcaneus or heel bone, behind the articulation of the bones of the lower leg.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heel

    hēl, n. the part of the foot projecting behind: the whole foot (esp. of beasts): the covering of the heel, as on a boot: a spur: the hinder part of anything.—v.t. to use the heel: to furnish with heels: to arm with a steel spur, as a fighting cock: to seize by the heels: (U.S.) to supply with money.—v.i. to follow well (of a dog).—n. Heel′-ball, a black waxy composition for blacking the heels and soles of boots, for taking impressions of coins, &c., by rubbing: a shoemaker's last.—p.adj. Heeled, provided with a heel, shod: (U.S.) comfortably supplied with money.—n. Heel′er (U.S.), an unscrupulous hanger-on of a political party; Heel′piece, a piece or cover for the heel; Heel′-tap, a small quantity of beer or spirits left in the glass after drinking.—Heel and toe, with proper walking, as opposed to running; Heels o'er gowdy (Scot.), heels over head; Heels over head, upside down.—At, On, Upon, a person's heels, close behind; Down at heel, having the heels of one's shoes trodden down: slovenly: in poor circumstances; Kick one's heels, to be kept waiting for some time; Lay, Set, Clap, by the heels, to fetter: to put in confinement; Out at heels, having the stockings or shoes worn out at the heels; Show a clean pair of heels, Take to one's heels, to run off with haste: to flee; Trip up (one's) heels, to trip up or overthrow him; Turn on (upon) one's heel, to turn sharply round, to turn back or away. [A.S. héla; Dut. hiel.]

  2. Heel

    hēl, v.i. to incline: to lean on one side, as a ship.—v.t. to tilt. [Earlier heeld, A.S. hieldan, to slope; cf. Dut. hellen.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heel' in Nouns Frequency: #1854


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heel in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Wayne Koff:

    We will have found the Achilles heel of HIV.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Haughtiness is the high heel shoe of the low men!

  3. Marcel Fratzscher:

    Low investment is the Achilles' heel of the German economy.

  4. Alexis González:

    The train had severed my right leg and part of my left heel.

  5. Charles Spurgeon:

    Said will be a little ahead, but done should follow at his heel.

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