- in a standing position.
- in an independent or secure position: The loan helped him get on his feet again.
- in a restored or recovered state; able to continue: Psychotherapy helped her get back on her feet after her breakdown.
- to be financially self-supporting.
- to be independent: Overprotective parents do not prepare their children to stand on their own feet.
noun, plural feet for 1–4, 8–11, 16, 19, 21; foots for 20.
- a shaped or ornamented feature terminating a leg at its lower part.
- any of several short legs supporting a central shaft, as of a pedestal table.
- sediment or dregs.
- footlight(def 1).
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to attempt to make as good an impression as possible.
- to proceed with all possible haste; hurry.
Origin of foot
Examples from the Web for feet
Contemporary Examples of feet
The wreckage lies no more than around 100 feet down in the Java Sea.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
“Wait…” Suddenly a huge, graceful black marlin leaps out of the water, sending a shower of water ten feet high.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Even a relatively small 250-pound bomb could kill or injure friendly troops who are within 650 feet of the explosion.
By contrast, a gun will allow a pilot to attack hostile forces that are less than 300 feet from friendly ground forces.
The pilot asked air-traffic control for permission to climb from 32,000 to 38,000 feet to avoid the bad weather.Wreckage, Bodies of AirAsia Crash Found
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of feet
With a faint shriek, Eudora sprung forward, and threw herself at his feet.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I sprang to my feet and took immediate measures to extinguish the flames.Brave and Bold
He had the air of laying at her feet, as a rug, the whole glorious history of France.
It proved to be a sign some twenty feet high and a whole block long.
Twelve hours afterward the snow, three feet deep on a level, has melted.
- standing up
- in good health
- (of a business, company, etc) thriving
noun plural feet (fiːt)
- a unit of length equal to one third of a yard or 12 inches. 1 Imperial foot is equivalent to 0.3048 metreAbbreviation: ft
- any of various units of length used at different times and places, typically about 10 per cent greater than the Imperial foot
- infantry, esp in the British army
- (as modifier)a foot soldier
- a unit used in classifying organ pipes according to their pitch, in terms of the length of an equivalent column of air
- this unit applied to stops and registers on other instruments
- the margin at the bottom of a page
- the undersurface of a piece of type
- walking or running
- in progress; astir; afoot
- to try to do one's best
- to hurry
- to act firmly
- to increase speed (in a motor vehicle) by pressing down on the accelerator
Word Origin for foot
plural of foot (n.).
Old English fot, from Proto-Germanic *fot (cf. Old Saxon fot, Old Norse fotr, Dutch voet, Old High German fuoz, German Fuß, Gothic fotus "foot"), from PIE *ped- (cf. Avestan pad-; Sanskrit pad-, accusative padam "foot;" Greek pos, Attic pous, genitive podos; Latin pes, genitive pedis "foot;" Lithuanian padas "sole," peda "footstep"). Plural form feet is an instance of i-mutation. Of a bed, grave, etc., first recorded c.1300.
The linear measurement of 12 inches was in Old English, from the length of a man's foot. Colloquial exclamation my foot! expressing "contemptuous contradiction" [OED] is first attested 1923, probably a euphemism for my ass, in the same sense, which dates back to 1796. The metrical foot (Old English, translating Latin pes, Greek pous in the same sense) is commonly taken as a reference to keeping time by tapping the foot.
To get off on the right foot is from 1905; to put one's best foot foremost first recorded 1849 (Shakespeare has the better foot before, 1596). To put one's foot in (one's) mouth "say something stupid" is attested by 1942; the expression put (one's) foot in something "make a mess of it" is from 1823.
c.1400, "dance, move on foot," from foot (n.). To foot a bill is attested from 1848, from the process of tallying the expenses and writing the figure at the bottom ("foot") of the bill.
n. pl. feet (fēt)
Plural feet (fēt)
In addition to the idioms beginning with feet
- feet of clay
- feet on the ground
- at someone's feet
- both feet on the ground
- dead on one's feet
- don't let the grass grow under one's feet
- drag one's feet
- fall on one's feet
- get one's feet wet
- get the lead out of (one's feet)
- get to one's feet
- have two left feet
- hold someone's feet to the fire
- off one's feet
- on one's feet
- put one's feet up
- rush off one's feet
- shake the dust from one's feet
- six feet under
- stand on one's feet
- take the load off (one's feet)
- think on one's feet
- under one's feet
- vote with one's feet
Also see underfoot.
In addition to the idioms beginning with foot
- foot in both camps, have a
- foot in one's mouth, put one's
- foot in the door, get one's
- foot the bill
- bound hand and foot
- caught flat-footed
- get off on the wrong foot
- not touch with a ten-foot pole
- one foot in the grave
- on foot
- on the right foot
- play footsie
- put one's best foot forward
- put one's foot down
- put one's foot in it
- set foot
- shoe is on the other foot
- shoot oneself in the foot
- wait on hand and foot
Also see underfeet.