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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)

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.

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."