4. The lowest part or base; the ground part; the bottom, as of a mountain or column; also, the last of a row or series; the end or extremity, especially. If associated with inferiority; as, the foot of a hill; the foot of the procession; the foot of a class; the foot of the bed. " And now at foot Of heaven's ascent they lift their feet." (Milton)
7. A measure of length equivalent to twelve inches; one third of a yard. This measure is supposed to be taken from the length of a man's foot. It differs in length in different countries. In the United States and in England it is 304.8 millimetres.
By foot, or On foot, by walking; as, to pass a stream on foot. Cubic foot. See Cubic. Foot and mouth disease, a contagious disease (Eczema epizootica) of cattle, sheep, swine, etc, characterised by the formation of vesicles and ulcers in the mouth and about the hoofs. Foot of the fine, to preserve decorum. "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God." To put one's foot down, to take a resolute stand; to be determined. To put the best foot foremost, to make a good appearance; to do one's best) at one's mercy; as, to trample under foot. Below par. "They would be forced to sell . . . Far under foot."
Origin: OE. Fot, foot, pl. Feet. AS. Ft, pl. Ft; akin to D. Voet, OHG. Fuoz, G. Fuss, Icel. Fir, Sw. Fot, Dan. Fod, Goth. Ftus, L. Pes, Gr, Skr. Pad, Icel. Fet step, pace measure of a foot, feta to step, find one's way. 77. Cf. Antipodes, Cap-a-pie, Expedient, Fet to fetch, Fetlock, Fetter, Pawn a piece in chess, Pedal.
(31 Mar 1998)
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