- the after end of a keel.
- the inner end of a bowsprit or jib boom.
Idioms about heel
- to arrest and imprison.
- to prevail over; render ineffectual: Superior forces laid the invaders by the heels.
- close behind: The dog followed the hunter to heel.
- under control or subjugation: The attackers were brought swiftly to heel.
Origin of heel1
OTHER WORDS FROM heelheel·less, adjective
Other definitions for heel (2 of 3)
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How to use heel in a sentence
A calf raise involves lifting your heels off the ground, and isn’t a bad thing for a passenger to do on a long flight, either.The world’s longest commercial flights, by the numbers|Rob Verger|November 20, 2020|Popular-Science
Over the summer, I began having terrible foot pain in the back of my heel.The pandemic isn’t ending anytime soon. And our bodies are feeling the stress.|Petula Dvorak|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
One fractured his heel when a forklift he was pulling slid over his foot at a meatpacking plant.Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories|by Melissa Sanchez|November 19, 2020|ProPublica
Roy falls head over heels for his sister-in-law, and she for him, and their trysts are both wild and fraught.Jo Nesbo’s ‘The Kingdom’ is a suspenseful bundle of Norwegian noir that’s almost impossible to put down|Richard Lipez|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Biomechanical testing of ten of the runners who were examined in Exeter found that six were forefoot strikers and four were heel strikers, and the most efficient runners had the shortest ground contact time with each step.We Now Have the Lab Data on Nike’s Breaking2 Runners|Alex Hutchinson|November 6, 2020|Outside Online
Again the yacht swung out into the river, gathering headway quickly and skimming along, heeling very gently.The Rival Campers Afloat|Ruel Perley Smith
All at once it snapped; the tiller swung useless and the boat whirled around, heeling in the stiffening wind, and drove shoreward.In Search of the Unknown|Robert W. Chambers
So off we go heeling well to the breeze as our funny, high-slung lateen sail drives us shoreward at a great rate.Gardens of the Caribbees, v. 1/2|Ida May Hill Starr
The ship was heeling over till her lee bulwarks were smothered in the fast-rising sea.The Missing Ship|W. H. G. Kingston
"I was so mad I didn't stop to smell weather," admitted the master, bracing himself to meet a fresh list of the heeling Polly.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for heel (1 of 2)
- the bottom of a mast
- the after end of a ship's keel
- shabby or worn
- slovenly or careless
Derived forms of heelheelless, adjective
Word Origin for heel
British Dictionary definitions for heel (2 of 2)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with heel
see Achilles' heel; at someone's heels; bring to heel; cool one's heels; dig in (one's heels); drag one's feet (heels); head over heels; kick up one's heels; on the heels of; out at the elbows (heels); set back on one's heels; show one's heels; take to one's heels; to heel; turn on one's heel.