Definitions of heel

  1. someone who is morally reprehensible; " you dirty dog"
  2. the piece of leather that fits the heel
  3. follow at the heels of a person
  4. the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground
  5. the back part of the human foot
  6. one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
  7. put a new heel on; " heel shoes"
  8. strike with the heel of the club, of golf balls
  9. perform with the heels, of a dance
  10. ( golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft
  11. the lower end of a ship's mast
  12. strike with the heel of the club; " heel a golf ball"
  13. perform with the heels; " heel that dance"
  14. tilt to one side; " The balloon heeled over"; " the wind made the vessel heel"; " The ship listed to starboard"
  15. To lean or tip to one side, as a ship; as, the ship heels aport; the boat heeled over when the squall struck it.
  16. 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 shoe.
  17. The latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or concluding part.
  18. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.
  19. The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests
  20. The after end of a ship's keel.
  21. The lower end of a mast, a boom, the bowsprit, the sternpost, etc.
  22. In a small arm, the corner of the but which is upwards in the firing position.
  23. The uppermost part of the blade of a sword, next to the hilt.
  24. The part of any tool next the tang or handle; as, the heel of a scythe.
  25. Management by the heel, especially the spurred heel; as, the horse understands the heel well.
  26. 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.
  27. To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, and the like.
  28. To add a heel to; as, to heel a shoe.
  29. To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.
  30. The part of the face of the club head nearest the shaft.
  31. In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the cylinder.
  32. To hit ( the ball) with the heel of the club.
  33. To make ( a fair catch) standing with one foot advanced, the heel on the ground and the toe up.
  34. The hinder part of the foot; sometimes, the whole foot; - in man or quadrupeds.
  35. A cyma reversa; - so called by workmen.
  36. The hinder part of the foot; the hinder part of a boot, shoe, or stocking; anything shaped like a heel.
  37. To furnish with a heel.
  38. To lean on one side, as a ship.
  39. The part of the foot projecting behind: the whole foot ( esp. of beasts): the covering of the heel: a spur: the hinder part of anything.
  40. To use the heel: to furnish with heels.
  41. To incline: to lean on one side, as a ship.
  42. Hind part of the foot; foot; hind part of anything.
  43. To add a heel to.
  44. To tip or lean to one side; cant, as a ship.
  45. The hinder part of the foot or of a shoe, or something like it in position; lower end of a rafter; last part of a thing.
  46. The hind part of the foot, or of a covering for the foot; the foot; a protuberance or knob; a spur; the after end of anything; the end.
  47. To incline.
  48. The hind part of the foot; hind part of a shoe or stocking; the latter or remaining part of a thing; among seamen, the lower end of anything, as of a mast.
  49. The hinder part of the foot; the posterior tarsal portion of the foot; the talon or talonid of a tooth.

Usage examples for heel

  1. Abruptly he turned upon his heel. – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
  2. We could feel our own ship heel over- she turned so sharply. – The U-boat hunters by James B. Connolly
  3. You have just declared yourself anxious to set your heel upon the criminals of the world. – The Evil Shepherd by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. " Then fly around and find out;" and the mate turned on his heel and walked away. – Frank on a Gun-Boat by Harry Castlemon
  5. He turned on his heel, and walked quickly from the room. – An Unknown Lover by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  6. Couldn't you shift my heel? – A Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold
  7. " Fools never can," snarled Silk, turning on his heel. – The Willoughby Captains by Talbot Baines Reed
  8. And as she smiled back, Van Alen turned on his heel and left them. – The Gay Cockade by Temple Bailey
  9. He swung round on his heel and looked at his father. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  10. An instant later, while she still waited for him to speak, he turned on his heel and left her. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  11. He forced his mind to heel. – The Lost Warship by Robert Moore Williams
  12. He turned on his heel and stalked out. – The Dueling Machine by Benjamin William Bova Myron R. Lewis
  13. 2213, when 10 inches and under in length, is made taper on both its sides and edges, from the middle to the front of the file, and when longer than 10 inches they should be made full taper- that is to say, the taper should extend from the middle toward the heel, as well as toward the point. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  14. I turned on my heel and I went away. – Remarks by Bill Nye
  15. Rile tossed a boot heel on to the floor and as it rolled toward the two men he shot Canfield through the chest. – The Settling of the Sage by Hal G. Evarts
  16. And with that he turned on his heel. – The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch by Talbot Baines Reed
  17. It is better to be under the heel of the express company than under the heel of love. – Old Ebenezer by Opie Read