foot

foot
\ \ [OE] Foot traces its ancestry back to Indo- European *pōd-, *ped-, which provided the word for ‘foot’ in most modern Indo-European languages (the exceptions are the Slavic languages, whose ‘foot’ – words, such as Russian noga and Czech noha, come from a source that meant ‘claw’, and the Celtic languages – such as Welsh troed and Irish troigh). Descendants include Greek poúsfoot’ (whence English antipodes, pew, podium [18], and tripod, literally ‘three-footed’, a formation mirrored exactly by Latin trivet [15] and Hindi teapoy [19]), Persian pāē or pay (whence English pyjama), Sanskrit pádasfoot’ (source of pieunit of Indian currency’), and Lithuanian pedàfootstep’, but the most fruitful of all from the point of view of the English lexicon has been Latin pēs, source of impede, pawnchess piece’, pedal, pedestal, pedestrian, pedicure, pedigree, pedometer, peon, pioneer, quadruped, vamp, and velocipede (it also, of course, gave French pied, Italian piede, and Spanish pie). Its Germanic descendant was *fōr-, which produced German fuss, Dutch voet, Swedish fot, Danish fod, and English foot. Other related forms in English include pilot and trapeze.
\ \ Cf.ANTIPODES, IMPEDE, PAWN, PEDAL, PEDESTAL, PEDESTRIAN, PEDIGREE, PILOT, PIONEER, PODIUM, PYJAMAS, QUADRUPED, TRAPEZE, TRIPOD, VAMP

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  • foot — foot …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Foot — (f[oo^]t), n.; pl. {Feet} (f[=e]t). [OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet. AS. f[=o]t, pl. f[=e]t; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. f[=o]tr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. f[=o]tus, L. pes, Gr. poy s, Skr. p[=a]d, Icel. fet step, pace measure of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foot — /foot/, n., pl. feet for 1 4, 8 11, 16, 19, 21; foots for 20; v. n. 1. (in vertebrates) the terminal part of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves. 2. (in invertebrates) any part similar in position or function. 3.… …   Universalium

  • foot — [foot] n. pl. feet [ME fot < OE, akin to Ger fuss < IE * pōd , var. of base * pēd , foot, to go > Sans pad , Gr pous, L pes] 1. the end part of the leg, on which a person or animal stands or moves 2. a thing like a foot in some way;… …   English World dictionary

  • foot — ► NOUN (pl. feet) 1) the lower extremity of the leg below the ankle, on which a person walks. 2) the base or bottom of something vertical. 3) the end of a bed where the occupant s feet normally rest. 4) a unit of linear measure equal to 12 inches …   English terms dictionary

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  • Foot — Foot, v. t. 1. To kick with the foot; to spurn. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To set on foot; to establish; to land. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] What confederacy have you with the traitors Late footed in the kingdom? Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To tread; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foot — bezeichnet die Längenheit Fuß, siehe Fuß (Einheit) Foot ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Geoffrey Foot (1915–2010), britischer Cutter Hugh Foot (Hugh Mackintosh Foot, Baron Caradon; 1907–1990), britischer Kolonialbeamter und Diplomat… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Foot — 〈[ fụt] m.; , Feet [ fi:t]〉 engl. Längenmaß, 30,5 cm, Fuß * * * Foot [fʊt ], der; , Feet [fi:t] [engl. foot, eigtl. = Fuß]: Längeneinheit in Großbritannien u. in den USA (= 12 Inches = 0,3048 m; Zeichen: ; Abk.: ft). * * * I Foot …   Universal-Lexikon

  • foot — The normal plural form feet alternates with foot when used as a unit of measurement: She is six feet / foot tall / a plank ten feet / foot long. When such a phrase is used attributively (before a noun), a hyphen is normally placed between the… …   Modern English usage

  • foot — [n1] extremity of an animate being hoof, pad, paw; concept 392 foot [n2] base of an object bottom, foundation, lowest point, nadir, pier; concept 442 Ant. lid, top foot [n3] twelve inches/30.48 …   New thesaurus

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