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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Noun Heel has 6 senses

Verb Heel has 5 senses


Heelv. i. [OE. helden to lean, incline, AS. heldan, hyldan; akin to Icel. halla, Dan. helde, Sw. hälla to tilt, pour, and perh. to E. hill.].
     To lean or tip to one side, as a ship; as, the ship heels aport; the boat heeled over when the squall struck it.  [1913 Webster]
Heeling error (Naut.), a deviation of the compass caused by the heeling of an iron vessel to one side or the other.
Heeln. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h, perh. for h, fr. AS. h heel (cf. Hough); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h, Icel. hæll, Dan. hæl, Sw. häl, and L. calx. Inculcate.].
  •  The hinder part of the foot; sometimes, the whole foot; -- in man or quadrupeds.  [1913 Webster]
    "He [the stag] calls to mind his strength and then his speed,
    His winged heels and then his armed head.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or concluding part.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests  [1913 Webster]
  •  Management by the heel, especially the spurred heel; as, the horse understands the heel well.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  Gwilt.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The part of the face of the club head nearest the shaft.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the cylinder.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Heel chain (Naut.), a chain passing from the bowsprit cap around the heel of the jib boom. -- Heel plate, the butt plate of a gun. -- Heel of a rafter. (Arch.) See Heel, n., 7. -- Heel ring, a ring for fastening a scythe blade to the snath. -- Neck and heels, the whole body. (Colloq.) -- To be at the heels of, to pursue closely; to follow hard; as, hungry want is at my heels. Otway. -- To be down at the heel, to be slovenly or in a poor plight. -- To be out at the heels, to have on stockings that are worn out; hence, to be shabby, or in a poor plight. Shak. -- To cool the heels. See under Cool. -- To go heels over head, to turn over so as to bring the heels uppermost; hence, to move in a inconsiderate, or rash, manner. -- To have the heels of, to outrun. -- To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to imprison. Shak. Addison. -- To show the heels, to flee; to run from. -- To take to the heels, to flee; to betake to flight. -- To throw up another's heels, to trip him. Bunyan. -- To tread upon one's heels, to follow closely. Shak.
Heelv. t. 
  •  To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, and the like.  [1913 Webster]
    "I cannot sing,
    Nor heel the high lavolt.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To add a heel to; as, to heel a shoe.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To hit (the ball) with the heel of the club.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  To make (a fair catch) standing with one foot advanced, the heel on the ground and the toe up.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


Heel, n. & v.
1 the back part of the foot below the ankle.
2 the corresponding part in vertebrate animals.
3 a the part of a sock etc. covering the heel. b the part of a shoe or boot supporting the heel.
4 a thing like a heel in form or position, e.g. the part of the palm next to the wrist, the end of a violin bow at which it is held, or the part of a golf club near where the head joins the shaft.
5 the crust end of a loaf of bread.
6 colloq. a person regarded with contempt or disapproval.
7 (as int.) a command to a dog to walk close to its owner's heel.
1 tr. fit or renew a heel on (a shoe or boot).
2 intr. touch the ground with the heel as in dancing.
3 intr. (foll. by out) Rugby Football pass the ball with the heel.
4 tr. Golf strike (the ball) with the heel of the club.

at heel
1 (of a dog) close behind.
2 (of a person etc.) under control. at (or on) the heels of following closely after (a person or event). cool (or kick) one's heels be kept waiting.
down at heel
1 (of a shoe) with the heel worn down.
2 (of a person) shabby. take to one's heels run away.
to heel
1 (of a dog) close behind.
2 (of a person etc.) under control. turn on one's heel turn sharply round. well-heeled colloq. wealthy.
heelless adj.
Heel, v. & n.
1 intr. (of a ship etc.) lean over owing to the pressure of wind or an uneven load (cf. LIST(2)).
2 tr. cause (a ship etc.) to do this.
--n. the act or amount of heeling.

Heel, var. of HELE.



SOB, accouter, afterpart, afterpiece, appoint, arch, arm, back, back door, back seat, back side, balance, bastard, bear off, bedog, behind, bend, blackguard, bounder, branch off, breech, broke, bugger, cad, cant, careen, change the bearing, chase, clubfoot, come about, come after, come behind, counter, creep, crust, curve, depart from, destitute, detour, deviate, digit, digress, divagate, divaricate, diverge, dog, dowdy, dress, end, equip, escape, extremity, fantail, fart, fetch about, fetlock, fit, fit out, fit up, flee, fly the coop, follow, foot, forefoot, forepaw, furnish, gear, go about, go after, go behind, harefoot, hind end, hind part, hindhead, hood, hoof, hooligan, hound, impoverished, in straitened circumstances, incline, instep, jerk, knave, lay down, lean, lean over, leavings, lie along, list, louse, lowlife, man, meanie, miscreant, mother, move behind, munition, occiput, out at elbows, outfit, pad, pastern, patte, paw, pedal extremity, pedes, pes, philanderer, pied, pill, pivot, pivot about, poop, poor, posterior, postern, prepare, pug, pursue, put about, rascal, rat, rear, rear end, rearward, recline, remainder, remains, remnant, residual, residue, residuum, rest, reverse, rig, rig out, rig up, rind, rogue, rotter, round, rudderpost, run away, run off, run-down, scamp, scoundrel, seedy, shabby, shadow, sheer, shift, shit, shithead, shitheel, slope, slovenly, sod, sole, spin, splayfoot, split, staff, stern, stinkard, stinker, strapped, string along, stump, swerve, swine, swing, swing round, swivel, tack, tag, tag after, tag along, tail, tail end, tailgate, tailpiece, take flight, tilt, tip, toe, tootsy, trail, trail after, tread close upon, trend, trotter, turd, turn, turn about, turn around, turn aside, turn out, turn round, turn tail, ungula, vary, veer, veer around, wheel, wheel about, whirl, worm




N support, ground, foundation, base, basis, terra firma, bearing, fulcrum, bait, caudex crib, point d'appui, pou sto, purchase footing, hold, locus standi, landing place, landing stage, stage, platform, block, rest, resting place, groundwork, substratum, riprap, sustentation, subvention, floor, supporter, aid, prop, stand, anvil, fulciment, cue rest, jigger, monkey, stay, shore, skid, rib, truss, bandage, sleeper, stirrup, stilts, shoe, sole, heel, splint, lap, bar, rod, boom, sprit, outrigger, ratlings, staff, stick, crutch, alpenstock, baton, staddle, bourdon, cowlstaff, lathi, mahlstick, post, pillar, shaft, thill, column, pilaster, pediment, pedicle, pedestal, plinth, shank, leg, socle, zocle, buttress, jamb, mullion, abutment, baluster, banister, stanchion, balustrade, headstone, upright, door post, jamb, door jamb, frame, framework, scaffold, skeleton, beam, rafter, girder, lintel, joist, travis, trave, corner stone, summer, transom, rung, round, step, sill, angle rafter, hip rafter, cantilever, modillion, crown post, king post, vertebra, columella, backbone, keystone, axle, axletree, axis, arch, mainstay, trunnion, pivot, rowlock, peg, tiebeam, thole pin, board, ledge, shelf, hob, bracket, trevet, trivet, arbor, rack, mantel, mantle piece, mantleshelf, slab, console, counter, dresser, flange, corbel, table, trestle, shoulder, perch, horse, easel, desk, clotheshorse, hatrack, retable, teapoy, seat, throne, dais, divan, musnud, chair, bench, form, stool, sofa, settee, stall, arm chair, easy chair, elbow chair, rocking chair, couch, fauteuil, woolsack, ottoman, settle, squab, bench, aparejo, faldstool, horn, long chair, long sleeve chair, morris chair, lamba chauki, lamba kursi, saddle, pannel, pillion, side saddle, pack saddle, pommel, bed, berth, pallet, tester, crib, cot, hammock, shakedown, trucklebed, cradle, litter, stretcher, bedstead, four poster, French bed, bunk, kip, palang, bedding, bichhona, mattress, paillasse, pillow, bolster, mat, rug, cushion, footstool, hassock, tabouret, tripod, monopod, Atlas, Persides, Atlantes, Caryatides, Hercules, supporting, supported, fundamental, dorsigerous, astride on, straddle.


VB alter one's course, deviate, depart from, turn, trend, bend, curve, swerve, heel, bear off, gybe, wear, intervert, deflect, divert, divert from its course, put on a new scent, shift, shunt, draw aside, crook, warp, stray, straggle, sidle, diverge, tralineate, digress, wander, wind, twist, meander, veer, tack, divagate, sidetrack, turn aside, turn a corner, turn away from, wheel, steer clear of, ramble, rove, drift, go astray, go adrift, yaw, dodge, step aside, ease off, make way for, shy, fly off at a tangent, glance off, wheel about, face about, turn to the right about, face to the right about, waddle, go out of one's way, lose one's way.


VB turn, bend, wheel, go about, put about, heel, go round to the right about, turn round to the right about, turn on one's heel, make a circle, make a complete circle, describe a circle, describe a complete circle, go through 180 degrees, go through 360 degrees, pass through 180 degrees, pass through 360 degrees, circumnavigate, circumambulate, circumvent, put a girdle round about the earth, go the round, make the round of, wind, circulate, meander, whisk, twirl, twist, make a detour.

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