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Definition of Heel


  1. To lean or tip to one side, as a ship; as, the ship heels aport; the boat heeled over when the squall struck it.
  2. The hinder part of the foot; sometimes, the whole foot; -- in man or quadrupeds.
  3. 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.
  4. The latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or concluding part.
  5. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.
  6. The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests
  7. The after end of a ship's keel.
  8. The lower end of a mast, a boom, the bowsprit, the sternpost, etc.
  9. In a small arm, the corner of the but which is upwards in the firing position.
  10. The uppermost part of the blade of a sword, next to the hilt.
  11. The part of any tool next the tang or handle; as, the heel of a scythe.
  12. Management by the heel, especially the spurred heel; as, the horse understands the heel well.
  13. 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.
  14. A cyma reversa; -- so called by workmen.
  15. To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, and the like.
  16. To add a heel to; as, to heel a shoe.
  17. To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.
  18. The part of the face of the club head nearest the shaft.
  19. In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the cylinder.
  20. To hit (the ball) with the heel of the club.
  21. To make (a fair catch) standing with one foot advanced, the heel on the ground and the toe up.

Heel Quotations

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. - Mark Twain
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Mark Twain

The book is called 'Most Talkative,' because I was voted most talkative in high school. And I've never stopped talking. My mouth has been my greatest asset and my biggest Achilles' heel.
Andy Cohen

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
Lao Tzu

I wouldn't take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, 'Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe.' There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly. But who cares? You don't have to walk in high heels.
Christian Louboutin

When a woman puts on a heel, she has a different posture, a different attitude. She really stands up and has a consciousness of her body.
Christian Louboutin
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Heel Translations

heel in Dutch is hiel
heel in German is Absatz {m}, Absatz {m}, Ferse {f}
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