- 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
“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|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Republican elected officials tend not to toe the conservative line, in part for political reasons.
“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|Nico Hines|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I used to stub my toe so; you ought to recollect me by that.Back Home|Eugene Wood
Insert your toe in the stirrup, just as it hangs, using your right hand if necessary.Patroclus and Penelope|Theodore Ayrault Dodge
Two or three narrow bands are usually present on the proximal part of the fourth toe.Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca|William E. Duellman
Using his copious tears for ink and his toe for a brush, the little fellow sketched some rats upon the floor.Myths & Legends of Japan|F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
Fly the country—cut off a finger or toe—break your arm—or do something that may prevent you from being there.The Station; The Party Fight And Funeral; The Lough Derg Pilgrim|William Carleton
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