toe

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
toe /toʊ/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  toed, toe•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. Anatomyone of the five fingerlike parts at the end of the foot.
  2. the front part of a shoe or stocking.
  3. a part resembling a toe in shape or position.

v. [+ object]
  1. to touch or kick with the toe or toes.
Idioms
  1. Idiomson one's toes, full of energy;
    alert;
    ready:Competition will keep you on your toes.
  2. Idiomsstep or tread on someone's toes, to offend a person by intruding on his or her rights or responsibilities.
  3. Idiomstoe the line or mark, to follow a rule, command, etc.;
    obey orders:You'll have to toe the line with the new boss.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
toe (tō),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  toed, toe•ing. 

n. 
  1. Anatomyone of the terminal digits of the human foot.
  2. Zoologyan analogous part in certain animals.
  3. Zoologythe forepart of the foot or hoof of a horse or the like.
  4. the forepart of anything worn on the foot, as of a shoe or stocking.
  5. a part resembling a toe in shape or position.
  6. Rail Transportthe end of a frog in front of the point and in the direction of the switch.
  7. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]
    • 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.
  8. Sport[Golf.]the outer end of the head of a club.
  9. on one's toes, energetic;
    alert;
    ready:The spirited competition kept them on their toes.
  10. step or  tread on (someone's) toes, to offend (a person);
    encroach on the territory or sphere of responsibility of (another):The new employee stepped on a lot of toes when he suggested reorganizing the office.

v.t. 
  1. to furnish with a toe or toes.
  2. to touch or reach with the toes:The pitcher toed the mound, wound up, and threw a fastball.
  3. to kick with the toe.
  4. Sport[Golf.]to strike (the ball) with the toe of the club.
  5. Building[Carpentry.]
    • to drive (a nail) obliquely.
    • to toenail.

v.i. 
  1. to stand, walk, etc., with the toes in a specified position:to toe in.
  2. to tap with the toe, as in dancing.
  3. toe the line. See  line 1 (def. 70).
toeless, adj. 
toelike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English ; cognate with Dutch teen, German Zehe, Old Norse


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

toe /təʊ/ n
  1. any one of the digits of the foot
  2. the corresponding part in other vertebrates
  3. the part of a shoe, sock, etc, covering the toes
  4. anything resembling a toe in shape or position
  5. on one's toesalert
  6. tread on someone's toesto offend or insult a person, esp by trespassing on his or her field of responsibility
vb (toes, toeing, toed)
  1. (transitive) to touch, kick, or mark with the toe
  2. (transitive) to drive (a nail, spike, etc) obliquely
  3. (intransitive) to walk with the toes pointing in a specified direction: to toe inwards
  4. toe the lineto conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc
Etymology: Old English tā; related to Old Frisian tāne, Old Norse tā, Old High German zēha, Latin digitus finger



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