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instep

[in-step] /ˈɪnˌstɛp/
noun
1.
the arched upper surface of the human foot between the toes and the ankle.
2.
the part of a shoe, stocking, etc., covering this surface.
3.
the front of the hind leg of a horse, cow, etc., between the hock and the pastern joint; cannon.
Origin of instep
1520-1530
1520-30; apparently in-1 + step
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instep

/ˈɪnˌstɛp/
noun
1.
the middle section of the human foot, forming the arch between the ankle and toes
2.
the part of a shoe, stocking, etc, covering this
Word Origin
C16: probably from in-² + step
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Word Origin and History for instep
n.

mid-15c., apparently from in + step, "though this hardly makes sense" [Weekley]. An Old English word for "instep" was fotwelm. Middle English also had a verb instep "to track, trace" (c.1400).

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instep in Medicine

instep in·step (ĭn'stěp')
n.
The arched middle part of the foot between toes and ankle.

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