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The foot is an anatomical structure found in many vertebrates.

foot n 1: a linear unit of length equal to 12 inches or a third of a yard; "he is six feet tall" [syn: {ft}] 2: the foot of a human being; "his bare feet projected from his trousers"; "armored from head to foot" [syn: {human foot}, {pes}] 3: 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" [ant: {head}] 4: travel by foot; "he followed on foot"; "the swiftest of foot" 5: a foot of a vertebrate other than a human being [syn: {animal foot}] 6: a support resembling a pedal extremity; "one foot of the chair was on the carpet" 7: lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower" [syn: {foundation}, {base}, {fundament}, {groundwork}, {substructure}, {understructure}] 8: any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates [syn: {invertebrate foot}] 9: an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot; "there came ten thousand horsemen and as many fully-armed foot" [syn: {infantry}] 10: a member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger 11: a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm [syn: {metrical foot}, {metrical unit}] v 1: pay for something; "pick up the tab"; "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages"; "foot the bill" [syn: {pick}] 2: walk; "let's hoof it to the disco" [syn: {leg it}, {hoof}, {hoof it}] 3: add a column of numbers [syn: {foot up}] [also: {feet} (pl)]

feet See {foot}

Feet \Feet\, n. [See {Feat}, n.] Fact; performance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Feet \Feet\, n. pl. See {Foot}. [1913 Webster]

Foot \Foot\ (f[oo^]t), n.; pl. {Feet} (f[=e]t). [OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet. AS. f[=o]t, pl. f[=e]t; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. f[=o]tr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. f[=o]tus, L. pes, Gr. poy`s, Skr. p[=a]d, Icel. fet step, pace measure of a foot, feta to step, find one's way. [root]77, 250. Cf. {Antipodes}, {Cap-a-pie}, {Expedient}, {Fet} to fetch, {Fetlock}, {Fetter}, {Pawn} a piece in chess, {Pedal}.] 1. (Anat.) 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}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo["o]l.) 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}. [1913 Webster] 3. That which corresponds to the foot of a man or animal; as, the foot of a table; the foot of a stocking. [1913 Webster] 4. The lowest part or base; the ground part; the bottom, as of a mountain, column, or page; 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;; the foot of the page. [1913 Webster] And now at foot Of heaven's ascent they lift their feet. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. Fundamental principle; basis; plan; -- used only in the singular. [1913 Webster] Answer directly upon the foot of dry reason. --Berkeley. [1913 Webster] 6. Recognized condition; rank; footing; -- used only in the singular. [R.] [1913 Webster] As to his being on the foot of a servant. --Walpole. [1913 Webster] 7. A measure of length equivalent to twelve inches; one third of a yard. See {Yard}. [1913 Webster] Note: This measure is supposed to be taken from the length of a man's foot. It differs in length in different countries. In the United States and in England it is 304.8 millimeters. [1913 Webster] 8. (Mil.) Soldiers who march and fight on foot; the infantry, usually designated as the foot, in distinction from the cavalry. ``Both horse and foot.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster] 9. (Pros.) 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. [1913 Webster] 10. (Naut.) The lower edge of a sail. [1913 Webster] Note: Foot is often used adjectively, signifying of or pertaining to a foot or the feet, or to the base or lower part. It is also much used as the first of compounds. [1913 Webster] {Foot artillery}. (Mil.) (a) Artillery soldiers serving in foot. (b) Heavy artillery. --Farrow. {Foot bank} (Fort.), a raised way within a parapet. {Foot barracks} (Mil.), barracks for infantery. {Foot bellows}, a bellows worked by a treadle. --Knight. {Foot company} (Mil.), a company of infantry. --Milton. {Foot gear}, covering for the feet, as stocking, shoes, or boots. {Foot hammer} (Mach.), a small tilt hammer moved by a treadle. {Foot iron}. (a) The step of a carriage. (b) A fetter. {Foot jaw}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Maxilliped}. {Foot key} (Mus.), an organ pedal. {Foot level} (Gunnery), a form of level used in giving any proposed angle of elevation to a piece of ordnance. --Farrow. {Foot mantle}, a long garment to protect the dress in riding; a riding skirt. [Obs.] {Foot page}, an errand boy; an attendant. [Obs.] {Foot passenger}, one who passes on foot, as over a road or bridge. {Foot pavement}, a paved way for foot passengers; a footway; a trottoir. {Foot poet}, an inferior poet; a poetaster. [R.] --Dryden. {Foot post}. (a) A letter carrier who travels on foot. (b) A mail delivery by means of such carriers. {Fot pound}, & {Foot poundal}. (Mech.) See {Foot pound} and {Foot poundal}, in the Vocabulary. {Foot press} (Mach.), a cutting, embossing, or printing press, moved by a treadle. {Foot race}, a race run by persons on foot. --Cowper. {Foot rail}, a railroad rail, with a wide flat flange on the lower side. {Foot rot}, an ulcer in the feet of sheep; claw sickness. {Foot rule}, a rule or measure twelve inches long. {Foot screw}, an adjusting screw which forms a foot, and serves to give a machine or table a level standing on an uneven place. {Foot secretion}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Sclerobase}. {Foot soldier}, a soldier who serves on foot. {Foot stick} (Printing), a beveled piece of furniture placed against the foot of the page, to hold the type in place. {Foot stove}, a small box, with an iron pan, to hold hot coals for warming the feet. {Foot tubercle}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Parapodium}. {Foot valve} (Steam Engine), the valve that opens to the air pump from the condenser. {Foot vise}, a kind of vise the jaws of which are operated by a treadle. {Foot waling} (Naut.), the inside planks or lining of a vessel over the floor timbers. --Totten. {Foot wall} (Mining), the under wall of an inclosed vein. [1913 Webster] {By foot}, or {On foot}, by walking; as, to pass a stream on foot. {Cubic foot}. See under {Cubic}. {Foot and mouth disease}, a contagious disease (Eczema epizo["o]tica) of cattle, sheep, swine, etc., characterized by the formation of vesicles and ulcers in the mouth and about the hoofs. {Foot of the fine} (Law), the concluding portion of an acknowledgment in court by which, formerly, the title of land was conveyed. See {Fine of land}, under {Fine}, n.; also {Chirograph}. (b). {Square foot}. See under {Square}. {To be on foot}, to be in motion, action, or process of execution. {To keep the foot} (Script.), to preserve decorum. ``Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God.'' --Eccl. v. 1. {To put one's foot down}, to take a resolute stand; to be determined. [Colloq.] {To put the best foot foremost}, to make a good appearance; to do one's best. [Colloq.] {To set on foot}, to put in motion; to originate; as, to set on foot a subscription. {To} {put one on his feet}, or {set one on his feet}, to put one in a position to go on; to assist to start. {Under foot}. (a) Under the feet; (Fig.) at one's mercy; as, to trample under foot. --Gibbon. (b) Below par. [Obs.] ``They would be forced to sell . . . far under foot.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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The metre (meter in American English), symbol m, is the fundamental unit of length in the International System of Units (SI).

meter n 1: the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards) [syn: {metre}, {m}] 2: any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity 3: (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse [syn: {metre}, {measure}, {beat}, {cadence}] 4: rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time [syn: {metre}, {time}] v 1: measure with a meter; "meter the flow of water" 2: stamp with a meter indicating the postage; "meter the mail"

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Meter \Me"ter\, Metre \Me"tre\, n. [OE. metre, F. m[`e]tre, L. metrum, fr. Gr. ?; akin to Skr. m[=a] to measure. See {Mete} to measure.] 1. Rhythmical arrangement of syllables or words into verses, stanzas, strophes, etc.; poetical measure, depending on number, quantity, and accent of syllables; rhythm; measure; verse; also, any specific rhythmical arrangements; as, the Horatian meters; a dactylic meter. [1913 Webster] The only strict antithesis to prose is meter. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. A poem. [Obs.] --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster] 3. A measure of length, equal to 39.37 English inches, the standard of linear measure in the metric system of weights and measures. It was intended to be, and is very nearly, the ten millionth part of the distance from the equator to the north pole, as ascertained by actual measurement of an arc of a meridian. See {Metric system}, under {Metric}. [1913 Webster] {Common meter} (Hymnol.), four iambic verses, or lines, making a stanza, the first and third having each four feet, and the second and fourth each three feet; -- usually indicated by the initials C. M. {Long meter} (Hymnol.), iambic verses or lines of four feet each, four verses usually making a stanza; -- commonly indicated by the initials L. M. {Short meter} (Hymnol.), iambic verses or lines, the first, second, and fourth having each three feet, and the third four feet. The stanza usually consists of four lines, but is sometimes doubled. Short meter is indicated by the initials S. M. [1913 Webster]

Meter \Me"ter\, n. A line above or below a hanging net, to which the net is attached in order to strengthen it. [1913 Webster]

Meter \Me"ter\, n. [From {Mete} to measure.] 1. One who, or that which, metes or measures. See {Coal-meter}. [1913 Webster] 2. An instrument for measuring, and usually for recording automatically, the quantity measured. [1913 Webster] {Dry meter}, a gas meter having measuring chambers, with flexible walls, which expand and contract like bellows and measure the gas by filling and emptying. {Wet meter}, a gas meter in which the revolution of a chambered drum in water measures the gas passing through it. [1913 Webster]

-meter \-me"ter\ [L. metrum measure, or the allied Gr. ?. See {Meter} rhythm.] A suffix denoting that by which anything is measured; as, barometer, chronometer, dynamometer. [1913 Webster]

meter US spelling of "{metre}". (1998-02-07)

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  • feet: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • feet: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • feet: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • feet: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • feet: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • meter: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • meter: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • meter: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • meter: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • meter: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • meter: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • meter: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)

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