What is the difference between heel and toe?

heel | toe | Antonyms |

Heel is an antonym of toe.

As nouns the difference between heel and toe

is that heel is (anatomy) part of the foot on the backside where it becomes the leg or heel can be the act of inclining or canting from a vertical position; a cant while toe is each of the five digits on the end of the foot.

As verbs the difference between heel and toe

is that heel is to follow at somebody's heels; to chase closely or heel can be to incline to one side, to tilt (especially of ships) while toe is to furnish with a toe.

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) hele, heel, from (etyl) . More at (l).


(en noun)
  • (anatomy) The rear part of the foot, where it joins the leg.
  • * Denham
  • He [the stag] calls to mind his strength and then his speed, / His winged heels and then his armed head.
  • The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.
  • The rear part of a sock or similar covering for the foot.
  • (firearms) The back upper part of the stock.
  • The last or lowest part of anything; as, the heel of a mast'' or ''the heel of a vessel .
  • * A. Trollope
  • the heel of a hunt
  • (US, Ireland) A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • the heel of the white loaf
  • (US) The base of a bun sliced in half lengthwise.
  • * 1996 , Ester Reiter, Making Fast Food: From the Frying Pan Into the Fryer (page 100)
  • The bottom half, or the bun heel is placed in the carton, and the pickle slices spread evenly over the meat or cheese.
  • A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.
  • (slang, professional wrestling) A wrestler whose on-ring persona embodies villainous or reprehensible traits. Contrast with babyface.
  • * 1992 , Bruce Lincoln, Discourse and the Construction of Society (page 158)
  • Freedman began his analysis by noting two important facts about professional wrestling: First, that heels triumph considerably more often than do babyfaces
  • (card games) The cards set aside for later use in a patience or solitaire game.
  • Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.
  • (architecture) The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or rafter. Specifically, (US), the obtuse angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping.
  • (architecture) A cyma reversa; so called by workmen.
  • (Gwilt)
  • (carpentry) the short side of an angled cut
  • Antonyms
    * (angled cut in carpentry) toe
    Derived terms
    * Achilles heel * bring someone to heel * cool one's heels * dig in one's heels * down at heel * head over heels * heelside * heel-and-toe * high heels * hot on somebody's heels * kick one's heels * kick up one's heels * kitten heel * Tar Heel * stiletto heel * spike heel * take to one's heels * turn on one's heel * well-heeled


    (en verb)
  • To follow at somebody's heels; to chase closely.
  • To add a heel to, or increase the size of the heel of (a shoe or boot).
  • To kick with the heel.
  • To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, etc.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I cannot sing, / Nor heel the high lavolt.
  • To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.
  • Etymology 2

    Alteration of earlier heeld, from (etyl) heelden, from (etyl) hyldan, ). More at (l).


    (en verb)
  • To incline to one side, to tilt (especially of ships).
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of inclining or canting from a vertical position; a cant.
  • The ship gave a heel to port.
    * (l)




    (en noun)
  • Each of the five digits on the end of the foot.
  • An equivalent part in an animal.
  • That part of a shoe or sock covering the toe.
  • Something resembling a toe, especially at the bottom or extreme end of something.
  • (golf) the extreme end of the head of a club.
    (cricket) the tip of the bat farthest from the handle
    (kayaking) the bow; the front of the kayak.
    (geology) a bulbous protrusion at the front of a lava flow
  • (dance) An advanced form of ballet primarily for the females, dancing ballet primarily using a Pointe shoe.
  • An alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle with positive toe' (or '''toe''' in) signifying that the wheels are closer together at the front than at the back and negative '''toe''' (or ' toe out) the opposite.
  • (engineering) The journal, or pivot, at the lower end of a revolving shaft or spindle, which rests in a step.
  • (engineering) A lateral projection at one end, or between the ends, of a piece, such as a rod or bolt, by means of which it is moved.
  • (engineering) A projection from the periphery of a revolving piece, acting as a cam to lift another piece.
  • (carpentry) the long side of an angled cut
  • Synonyms

    * (an equivalent part in an animal) hoof


    * (each of the five digits on the end of the foot) heel * (front of the kayak) tail * (angled cut in carpentry) heel


    * (each of the five digits on the end of the foot) *: hallux, big toe, great toe *: second toe, long toe *: third toe, middle toe *: fourth toe, ring toe *: fifth toe, little toe, pinky toe, baby toe


    * (each of the five digits on the end of the foot) foot


    * (each of the five digits on the end of the foot) nail

    Derived terms

    * heel-and-toe * toeside * toeboard * toeclip * toe jump * toenail * toe ring * toe stop

    Coordinate terms

    * (each of the five digits on the end of the foot) finger


  • To furnish with a toe.
  • To touch, tap or kick with the toes.
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  • To touch or reach with the toes; to come fully up to.
  • to toe the mark
  • (construction) To fasten (a piece) by driving a fastener at a near-45-degree angle through the side (of the piece) into the piece to which it is to be fastened.
  • The framers toed the irregular pieces into the sill.
  • (golf) To mishit a golf ball with the toe of the club.
  • Derived terms

    * toe the line

    See also

    * hang five * hang ten * tiptoe * TOE


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