1 the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground
2 the back part of the human foot
4 one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
5 the lower end of a ship's mast
6 (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft
7 the piece of leather that fits the heel [syn: counter]
1 tilt to one side; "The balloon heeled over"; "the wind made the vessel heel"; "The ship listed to starboard" [syn: list]
2 follow at the heels of a person
3 perform with the heels; "heel that dance"
4 strike with the heel of the club; "heel a golf ball"
5 put a new heel on; "heel shoes" [syn: reheel]
- Rhymes: -iːl
Etymology 1hela, from Proto-Germanic *hāhil. Cognate with Dutch hiel, Swedish häl, Icelandic hæll. Compare hock.
- Part of the foot on the backside where it becomes the leg.
- The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.
- On a long firearm, 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 crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
- A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.
- The tilt of a ship to one side; also, the degree of such a tilt.
(anatomy) part of the foot
- Bosnian: peta
- Catalan: taló
- Chinese: 腳跟 (jĭao gēn)
- Croatian: peta
- Czech: pata
- Danish: hæl
- Dutch: hiel
- Ewe: afɔkpodzi
- Finnish: kanta, kantapää
- French: talon
- German: Ferse
- Greek: φτέρνα
- Guarani: pyta
- Hindi: एड़ी
- Icelandic: hæll
- Indonesian: tumit, tumit kaki
- Interlingua: calce, talon
- Italian: tallone , calcagno
- Japanese: 踵 (かかと, kakato)
- Korean: 발뒤꿈치 (balduekkumchi)
- Latin: calx
- Persian: (pāšne kaf)
- Polish: pięta
- Portuguese: calcanhar
- Russian: пятка
- Slovene: peta
- Spanish: talón
- Swahili: kisigino
- Swedish: häl
- Tupinambá: pytá
- Urdu: ایڑی
part of shoe
on a long firearm
- Italian: poggiaguancia
end-piece of a loaf of bread
- Dutch: op de hielen zitten
- German: (jemandem) auf den Fersen sein (with dative)
- Spanish: seguir de cerca, poner talón o tacón a
The heel is the prominence at the posterior end of the foot. It is based on the projection of one bone, the calcaneus, behind the articulation of the bones of the lower leg. In the long-footed mammals, both the hoofed species (unguligrade) and the clawed forms which walk on the toes (digitigrade), the heel is well above the ground at the apex of the angular joint known as the hock. In plantigrade species it rests on the ground.
heel in Aymara: Kayu wintu
heel in German: Ferse
heel in Spanish: Talón
heel in French: Talon (anatomie)
heel in Korean: 뒤꿈치
heel in Italian: Tallone (anatomia)
heel in Dutch: Hiel
heel in Newari: हील
heel in Japanese: 踵
heel in Portuguese: Calcanhar
heel in Finnish: Kantapää
heel in Swedish: Häl
heel in Tagalog: Sakong
heel in Turkish: Topuk
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