Definition of "heel" []

  • The rounded posterior portion of the human foot under and behind the ankle. (noun)
  • The corresponding part of the hind foot of other vertebrates. (noun)
  • A similar anatomical part, such as the fleshy rounded base of the human palm or the hind toe of a bird. (noun)
  • The part, as of a sock, shoe, or stocking, that covers the rounded posterior portion of the human foot. (noun)
  • The built-up portion of a shoe or boot, supporting the heel. (noun)
  • The back part of the human foot from the instep to the lower part of the ankle (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The corresponding part in other vertebrates (noun)
  • The part of a shoe, stocking, etc, designed to fit the heel (noun)
  • The outer part of a shoe underneath the heel (noun)
  • The part of the palm of a glove nearest the wrist (noun)
  • The lower, end, or back section of something (noun)
  • The small part of the parent plant that remains attached to a young shoot cut for propagation and that ensures more successful rooting (noun)
  • The bottom of a mast (noun)
  • The after end of a ship's keel (noun)
  • The back part of a golf club head where it bends to join the shaft (noun)
  • Possession of the ball as obtained from a scrum (esp in the phrase get the heel) (noun)
  • A contemptible person (noun)
  • To repair or replace the heel of (shoes, boots, etc) (verb)
  • To perform (a dance) with the heels (verb)
  • To strike (the ball) with the heel of the club (verb)
  • To kick (the ball) backwards using the sole and heel of the boot (verb)
  • To follow at the heels of (a person) (verb)
  • To arm (a gamecock) with spurs (verb)
  • (of a cattle dog) to drive (cattle) by biting their heels (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "heel" in a sentence
  • "The only way to bring them to heel is to deal them enough defeats that they begin to question whether they properly understood what their god wants."
  • "The toenails are also at risk as the incidence of in-growing toenails and nail infections is higher in heel wearers."
  • "Italian research suggests women who wear up to a 2in heel may enjoy a better sex life."