• (noun): The rounded posterior portion of the human foot under and behind the ankle.
  • (noun): The corresponding part of the hind foot of other vertebrates.
  • (noun): A similar anatomical part, such as the fleshy rounded base of the human palm or the hind toe of a bird.
  • (noun): The part, as of a sock, shoe, or stocking, that covers the rounded posterior portion of the human foot.
  • (noun): The built-up portion of a shoe or boot, supporting the heel.
  • (noun): One of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread.
  • (noun): The lower or rearward part, as:
  • (noun): The part of the head of a golf club where it joins the shaft.
  • (noun): The end of a violin bow where the handle is located.
  • (noun): Nautical The lower end of a mast.
  • (noun): Nautical The after end of a ship's keel.
  • (noun): Botany The basal end of a plant cutting or tuber used in propagation.
  • (noun): Oppression; tyranny: under the heel of Stalinism; the heel of an autocrat.
  • (noun): Informal A dishonorable man; a cad.
  • (verb-transitive): To furnish with a heel or heels.
  • (verb-transitive): To repair or replace the heels, as for shoes.
  • (verb-transitive): Slang To furnish, especially with money.
  • (verb-transitive): To arm (a gamecock) with gaffs.
  • (verb-transitive): To press or strike with the heel: heel a horse.
  • (verb-intransitive): To follow at one's heels: The dog won't heel.
  • (idiom): down at the heels Having one's shoe heels worn down.
  • (idiom): down at the heels Shabby; rundown; poor.
  • (idiom): lay by the heels To put in fetters or shackles; imprison.
  • (idiom): on Directly behind.
  • (idiom): on Immediately following.
  • (idiom): heel Having holes in one's socks or shoes.
  • (idiom): heel Rundown; shabby; seedy.
  • (idiom): take to (one's) heels To run away; flee.
  • (idiom): to heel Close behind: The hound followed his master to heel.
  • (idiom): to heel Under discipline or control: The army swiftly brought the rebels to heel.
  • (verb-transitive): To tilt or cause to tilt to one side.
  • (noun): A tilt, as of a boat, to one side.

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  • (noun): (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft
  • (noun): the lower end of a ship's mast
  • (noun): one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
  • (noun): someone who is morally reprehensible; "you dirty dog"
  • (noun): the back part of the human foot
  • (noun): the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
  • (verb): put a new heel on; "heel shoes"
  • (verb): strike with the heel of the club; "heel a golf ball"
  • (verb): perform with the heels; "heel that dance"
  • (verb): follow at the heels of a person
  • (verb): tilt to one side; "The balloon heeled over"; "the wind made the vessel heel"; "The ship listed to starboard"

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The heel is the prominence at the posterior end of the foot. It is based on the projection of one bone, the calcaneus or heel bone, behind the articulation of the bones of the lower leg.

Example Sentences

  • The only way to bring them to heel is to deal them enough defeats that they begin to question whether they properly understood what their god wants.

  • The toenails are also at risk as the incidence of in-growing toenails and nail infections is higher in heel wearers.

  • Italian research suggests women who wear up to a 2in heel may enjoy a better sex life.

  • But many women who wear high heels too often suffer a shortening of the tendon because once the heel is pointed upwards, it tightens up.

  • He revealed that when the heel is constantly elevated, the calf muscle and Achilles tendon can contract and shorten.

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