- a journal or part placed vertically in a bearing, as the lower end of a vertical shaft.
- a curved partial cam lifting the flat surface of a follower and letting it drop; wiper.
verb (used with object), toed, toe·ing.
- to drive (a nail) obliquely.
- to toenail.
verb (used without object), toed, toe·ing.
Origin of toe
Examples from the Web for toe
Contemporary Examples of toe
“James Woods refuses to toe the Hollyweird line,” Twitchy managing editor Lori Ziganto told The Daily Beast in an email.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll
December 31, 2014
But Republican elected officials tend not to toe the conservative line, in part for political reasons.The GOP and Police Unions: A Love Story
December 12, 2014
“I would just say that we've put our toe in the water,” she told me.I Got Kicked Out Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
December 3, 2014
So what if you can barely twitch a toe let alone move a leg?Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
These self-dubbed gear heads go toe to toe (or perhaps more accurately, crash to crash), with the men in the sport.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
Historical Examples of toe
He knew that make of gun from toe to foresight; he could assemble it in the dark.Way of the Lawless
The Little Doctor stopped the hammock with her toe and sat up.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
"I see," said Peter, deeply interested in the toe of his shoe.Her Father's Daughter
When there is a Point at the end of the sinking Mark, it shews, that the Toe must be bent downwards.Orchesography
He picked up the bridle-reins, caught the saddle-horn, and thrust his toe into the stirrup.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
verb toes, toeing or toed
Word Origin for toe
Old English ta (plural tan), contraction of *tahe (Mercian tahæ), from Proto-Germanic *taikhwo (cf. Old Norse ta, Old Frisian tane, Middle Dutch te, Dutch teen, Old High German zecha, German Zehe "toe"), probably originally meaning "fingers" as well (many PIE languages still use one word to mean both fingers and toes). The Old English plural tan survived in southwestern England to 14c. To be on (one's) toes "alert, eager" is recorded from 1921.
"touch or reach with the toes," 1813, from toe (n.). First recorded in expression toe the mark, which seems to be nautical in origin.
The chief mate ... marked a line on the deck, brought the two boys up to it, making them 'toe the mark.' [R.H. Dana, "Two Years Before the Mast," 1840]
Related: Toed; toeing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with toe
- toe the line
- dip one's toes into
- from head to toe
- on one's toes
- step on someone's toes
- turn up one's toes