toe

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English[edit]

Human toes
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Etymology[edit]

Middle English to, from Old English , (Mercian) tāhe, from Proto-Germanic *taihwǭ (compare Dutch teen, German Zehe, Swedish ), from Proto-Germanic *tīhwaną (to show, announce) (compare Old English teōn (to accuse), German zeihen (id.)), from Proto-Indo-European *deyḱ- (to show) (compare Hittite [script?] (tekkuššāi), Latin dīcere (to say), digitus (finger), Albanian thua (nail), accusative thoi, Ancient Greek δείκνυμι (deiknumi, to point out, show), Sanskrit [script?] (dídeṣṭi), दिशति (diśáti)).

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Noun[edit]

toe (plural toes)

  1. Each of the five digits on the end of the foot.
  2. An equivalent part in an animal.
  3. That part of a shoe or sock covering the toe.
  4. Something resembling a toe, especially at the bottom or extreme end of something.
    (golf) the extreme end of the head of a club.
    (cricket) the tip of the bat farthest from the handle
    (kayaking) the bow; the front of the kayak.
    (geology) a bulbous protrusion at the front of a lava flow
  5. (dance) An advanced form of ballet primarily for the females, dancing ballet primarily using a Pointe shoe.
  6. An alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle with positive toe (or toe in) signifying that the wheels are closer together at the front than at the back and negative toe (or toe out) the opposite.
  7. (engineering) The journal, or pivot, at the lower end of a revolving shaft or spindle, which rests in a step.
  8. (engineering) A lateral projection at one end, or between the ends, of a piece, such as a rod or bolt, by means of which it is moved.
  9. (engineering) A projection from the periphery of a revolving piece, acting as a cam to lift another piece.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (an equivalent part in an animal): hoof

Antonyms[edit]

  • (each of the five digits on the end of the foot): heel
  • (front of the kayak): tail

Hyponyms[edit]

Holonyms[edit]

  • (each of the five digits on the end of the foot): foot

Meronyms[edit]

  • (each of the five digits on the end of the foot): nail

Derived terms[edit]

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (each of the five digits on the end of the foot): finger

Translations[edit]

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Verb[edit]

toe (third-person singular simple present toes, present participle toeing, simple past and past participle toed)

  1. To furnish with a toe.
  2. To touch, tap or kick with the toes.
    • 2010 December 29, Mark Vesty, “Wigan 2 - 2 Arsenal”, BBC:
      Just five minutes later the turnaround was complete when Arshavin toed the ball through to Bendtner, who slotted into the left corner from close range just before half-time.
  3. (transitive) To touch or reach with the toes; to come fully up to.
    to toe the mark
  4. (construction) To fasten (a piece) by driving a fastener at a near-45-degree angle through the side (of the piece) into the piece to which it is to be fastened.
    The framers toed the irregular pieces into the sill.
  5. (golf) To mishit a golf ball with the toe of the club.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch toe (after).

Adverb[edit]

toe

  1. then

Conjunction[edit]

toe

  1. when
  2. as

Preposition[edit]

toe

  1. to; toward

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *tuo, from Proto-Germanic *tō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

toe

  1. (postpositional) adverbial form of tot
    Het doet er niet toe.
    It doesn't matter.
  2. after, afterwards
    Hij kreeg nog wat lekkers toe.
    He got something tasty afterwards.
  3. closed (especially as part of a compound verb like toedoen)
    De deur is toe.
    The door is closed.
    Doe de deur toe.
    Close the door.
    Oogjes toe.
    Eyes closed.

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Interjection[edit]

toe

  1. come on!, go on! (used when trying to coax someone into doing something)
    Toe maar!

Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

toe

  1. (rare) A small dam, usually made of logs.

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Middle Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Dutch tuo, from Proto-Germanic *tō.

Adverb[edit]

toe

  1. up to
  2. until
  3. in relation with
  4. in addition, furthermore
  5. shut, closed (especially the eyes)
Usage notes[edit]

This word is often encountered following a noun phrase and could arguably be said to be a postposition rather than an adverb.

Preposition[edit]

toe

  1. (eastern) Alternative form of te.

Etymology 2[edit]

Adverb[edit]

toe

  1. Alternative form of doe.