- Usually crow's-feet. any of the tiny wrinkles at the outer corners of the eyes resulting from age or constant squinting.
- Aeronautics. an arrangement of ropes in which one main rope exerts pull at several points simultaneously through a group of smaller ropes, as in balloon or airship rigging.
- (in tailoring) a three-pointed embroidered design used as a finish, as at the end of a seam or opening.
- crowfoot(def 1).
Origin of crow's-foot
1350–1400; Middle English; so called because likened to a crow's foot or footprint
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- (often plural) a wrinkle at the outer corner of the eye
- an embroidery stitch with three points, used esp as a finishing at the end of a seam
- a system of diverging short ropes to distribute the pull of a single rope, used esp in balloon and airship riggings
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