the arched upper surface of the human foot between the toes and the ankle.
the part of a shoe, stocking, etc., covering this surface.
the front of the hind leg of a horse, cow, etc., between the hock and the pastern joint; cannon.
Origin of instep
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Examples from the Web for instep
Historical Examples of instep
He rose with the blow; all his energy, from wrist to instep, was in that lifting drive.
No tree has so fair a bole and so handsome an instep as the beech.
All at once he noticed a rent in his trousers, between the knee and the instep.
He seized it, heel in one hand, instep in the other, and gyrated it.
Her slippers were of the same colour, with black bows at the instep.
British Dictionary definitions for instep
the middle section of the human foot, forming the arch between the ankle and toes
the part of a shoe, stocking, etc, covering this
Word Origin for instep
C16: probably from in- ² + step
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Word Origin and History for instep
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The arched middle part of the foot between toes and ankle.
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