Definitions for: Heel

[n] the piece of leather that fits the heel
[n] the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground
[n] the back part of the human foot
[n] one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
[n] someone who is morally reprehensible; "you dirty dog"
[v] put a new heel on; "heel shoes"
[v] strike with the heel of the club, of golf balls
[v] perform with the heels, of a dance
[v] follow at the heels of a person

Webster (1913) Definition: Heel (h[=e]l), v. i. [OE. helden to lean, incline, AS.
heldan, hyldan; akin to Icel. halla, Dan. helde, Sw. h["a]lla
to tilt, pour, and perh. to E. hill.] (Naut.)
To lean or tip to one side, as a ship; as, the ship heels
aport; the boat heeled over when the squall struck it.

Heeling error (Naut.), a deviation of the compass caused by
the heeling of an iron vessel to one side or the other.

Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for
h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. Hough); but cf. D.
hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw.
h["a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. Inculcate.]
1. The hinder part of the foot; sometimes, the whole foot; --
in man or quadrupeds.

He [the stag] calls to mind his strength and then
his speed, His winged heels and then his armed head.

2. The hinder part of any covering for the foot, as of a
shoe, sock, etc.; specif., a solid part projecting
downward from the hinder part of the sole of a boot or

3. The latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or
concluding part. ``The heel of a hunt.'' --A. Trollope.
``The heel of the white loaf.'' --Sir W. Scott.

4. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a
protuberance; a knob.

5. The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human
heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests;
(a) (Naut.) The after end of a ship's keel.
(b) (Naut.) The lower end of a mast, a boom, the bowsprit,
the sternpost, etc.
(c) (Mil.) In a small arm, the corner of the but which is
upwards in the firing position.
(d) (Mil.) The uppermost part of the blade of a sword,
next to the hilt.
(e) The part of any tool next the tang or handle; as, the
heel of a scythe.

6. (Man.) Management by the heel, especially the spurred
heel; as, the horse understands the heel well.

7. (Arch.)
(a) The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or
rafter. In the United States, specif., the obtuse
angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping.
(b) A cyma reversa; -- so called by workmen. --Gwilt.

Heel chain (Naut.), a chain passing from the bowsprit cap
around the heel of the jib boom.

Heel plate, the butt plate of a gun.

Heel of a rafter. (Arch.) See Heel, n., 7.

Heel ring, a ring for fastening a scythe blade to the

Neck and heels, the whole body. (Colloq.)

To be at the heels of, to pursue closely; to follow hard;
as, hungry want is at my heels. --Otway.

To be down at the heel, to be slovenly or in a poor plight.

To be out at the heels, to have on stockings that are worn
out; hence, to be shabby, or in a poor plight. --Shak.

To cool the heels. See under Cool.

To go heels over head, to turn over so as to bring the
heels uppermost; hence, to move in a inconsiderate, or
rash, manner.

To have the heels of, to outrun.

To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to imprison.
--Shak. --Addison.

To show the heels, to flee; to run from.

To take to the heels, to flee; to betake to flight.

To throw up another's heels, to trip him. --Bunyan.

To tread upon one's heels, to follow closely. --Shak.

Heel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Heeled; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing,
running, and the like. [R.]

I cannot sing, Nor heel the high lavolt. --Shak.

2. To add a heel to; as, to heel a shoe.

3. To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.

Heel, n.
1. (Golf) The part of the face of the club head nearest the

2. In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the

Heel, v. t.
1. (Golf) To hit (the ball) with the heel of the club.

2. (Football) To make (a fair catch) standing with one foot
advanced, the heel on the ground and the toe up.

Synonyms: blackguard, bounder, cad, counter, dog, hound, reheel

See Also: Achilles tendon, bottom, bushel, Cuban heel, dance, doctor, end, fix, follow, foot, footgear, footwear, French heel, furbish up, hit, human foot, lift, loaf, loaf of bread, mend, perisher, pes, piece of leather, repair, restore, scoundrel, shoe, skeletal structure, spike heel, stacked heel, stiletto heel, tendon of Achilles, touch on, travel along, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, underside, undersurface, villain, wedge, wedge heel, wineglass heel

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