toe

Definitions

  • 9 Toe-nailed
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v toe touch with the toe
    • v toe drive (a golf ball) with the toe of the club
    • v toe hit (a golf ball) with the toe of the club
    • v toe drive obliquely "toe a nail"
    • v toe walk so that the toes assume an indicated position or direction "She toes inwards"
    • n toe the part of footwear that provides a covering for the toes
    • n toe (golf) the part of a clubhead farthest from the shaft
    • n toe one of the digits of the foot
    • n toe forepart of a hoof
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Leather vises and toe-screws." "Leather vises and toe-screws."
I stepped on his toe I stepped on his toe
The Step-Sister Cuts off her Toe The Step-Sister Cuts off her Toe
Measuring across the toes Measuring across the toes
Checking the toe measurement of the last Checking the toe measurement of the last
Lasting the upper at the toe Lasting the upper at the toe

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Marilyn Monroe had six toes
    • Toe (Mach) A lateral projection at one end, or between the ends, of a piece, as a rod or bolt, by means of which it is moved.
    • Toe (Mach) A projection from the periphery of a revolving piece, acting as a cam to lift another piece.
    • Toe Anything, or any part, corresponding to the toe of the foot; as, the toe of a boot; the toe of a skate.
    • Toe (Anat) One of the terminal members, or digits, of the foot of a man or an animal. "Each one, tripping on his toe ."
    • Toe (Zoöl) The fore part of the hoof or foot of an animal.
    • Toe (Mach) The journal, or pivot, at the lower end of a revolving shaft or spindle, which rests in a step.
    • v. i Toe To hold or carry the toes (in a certain way).
    • v. t Toe To touch or reach with the toes; to come fully up to; as, to toe the mark.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name of the famous snack "Twinkies" was invented by seeing a billboard in St. Louis, that said "Twinkle Toe Shoes."
    • n toe In machinery: A form of cam by which the valve-rods are lifted in the Stevens valve-gear for vertical river-boat engines.
    • n toe In a car-wheel, the outer edge of the flange.— 9. The pointed end of the foot of an organ-pipe.— 10. In golf, the nose of a club. See nose, 5.
    • toe In golf, to strike (a ball) off the toe of the club.— 4. To drive (nails or heavy steel pins) obliquely through a piece or element of a frame to secure it to another placed at an angle with it. The nails, entering both pieces, fasten them together against light stresses laterally, and the necessity for tenon and mortise is avoided.
    • n toe A digit of the foot, corresponding to a finger of the hand: as, the great toe; the little toe; the hind toe of a bird.
    • n toe A digit of either foot, fore or hind, of a quadruped, especially when there are three or more (a large single toe, or a pair of large toes, inclosed in horn, being commonly called hoof). No animal has normally more than flve toes; most quadrupeds have flve, then four, three, two, and one, in decreasing number of instances. No bird has naturally more than four, though some breeds of poultry are regularly flve-toed by perpetuation of an original sport comparable to the sexdigitate polydactylism of man; a few have only three; the African ostrich alone has two. Five toes is the rule in reptiles and batrachians, a lesser number being exceptional among those which have limbs, as lizards, crocodiles, turtles, frogs, newts, etc. In some lizards, as those which scramble over walls and ceilings, the toes function as suckers by means of adhesive pads (see gecko); batrachians which habitually perch on trees are similarly equipped (see tree-toad); in a rare case, toes serve as a sort of parachute (see cut uuder flying-frog). In some mammals, as seals, the toes are united in the common integument of the flippers. Three and sometimes four toes are connected in web-footed birds. The joints or phalanges of toes are typically and usually three apiece, but this number is often reduced to two or one in the case of lateral toes, as the human great toe. In birds a remarkable rule prevails, that the joints of the toes, from flrst to fourth toe, run two, three, four, flve; the exceptions to this rule are comparatively few. The toes of most animals eud in nails or claws, and are often long and movable enough to serve as organs of prehension, like fingers. See cuts under bird, digitigrade, Plantigrada, bicolligate, palmate, semi-palmate, and totipalmate.
    • n toe The fore part, end, or tip of the hoof of an ungulate, as the horse.
    • n toe The end of a stocking, shoe, or boot which contains or covers the toes: as, square or round toes; a hole in the toe.
    • n toe A piece of iron welded under the front of a horseshoe, opposite the heels, to prevent slipping. See cut under shoe.
    • n toe A projection from the foot-piece of an object to give it a broader bearing and greater stability.
    • n toe A barb, stud, or projection on a lock-bolt.
    • n toe In machinery:
    • n toe The lower end of a vertical shaft, as a mill-spindle, which rests in a step.
    • n toe An arm on the valve-lifting rod of a steam-engine. A cam strikes the toe and operates the valve. Such toes are known respectively as steam-toes and exhaust-toes. E. H. Knight.
    • toe To touch or reach with the toes.
    • toe To furnish or provide a toe to or for; mend the toe of: as, to toe a stocking.
    • toe To place or move the toes, as in walking or dancing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ostrich has two toes on each feet which gives it greater speed
    • n Toe one of the five small members at the point of the foot: the corresponding member of a beast's foot: the front of an animal's hoof
    • v.t Toe to touch or reach with the toes: to furnish with a toe, as a stocking
    • v.i Toe to place the toes in any particular way
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Quotations

  • Lao-Tzu
    Lao-Tzu
    “He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.”
  • Charles F. Kettering
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    “You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.”
  • Mal Pancoast
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    “My wife isn't married to me forever; she's married to me for good. That keeps me on my toes.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “A person who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “He said that he felt like the boy that stumped his toe,it hurt too bad to laugh, and he was too big to cry.”

Idioms

Dip your toes in the water - If you dip your toes in the water, you try something tentatively because you are not sure whether it will work or not.
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Keep someone on their toes - If you keep someone on their toes, you make sure that they concentrate on what they are supposed to do.
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Make your toes curl - If something makes your toes curl, it makes you feel very uncomfortable, shocked or embarrassed.
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On your toes - Someone on his or her toes is alert and ready to go.
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Step on someone's toes - If you step on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of.
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Toe the line - If someone toes the line, they follow and respect the rules and regulations.
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Tread on someone's toes - If you tread on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of.
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Turn up one's toes to the daisies - If someone has turned up their toes to the daisies, it means that the person died.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. too, taa, AS. ,; akin to D. teen, G. zehe, OHG. zēha, Icel. , Sw. , Dan. taa,; of uncertain origin. √60

Usage

In literature:

He hated to be found on the floor at the toe of Big Tom's boot.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Near the footsteps he observed the mark of a single toe, occurring occasionally, and quite isolated from the rest.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Raise himself from this position without the aid of his hands, by springing back on his toes.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
How many toes does a horse have on each foot?
"The Tree-Dwellers" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
The legs wriggled frantically, the toes scratched at the boards.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
The inference is that we should step upon our own toes, which were given us for that purpose.
"Rinkitink in Oz" by L. Frank Baum
The white man was disclosed by his thicker legs and his toes which turned out.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Casey, McHale, and Sandy seized their nigh stirrups, shot them at their left toes, gripped saddle horns, and went up in an instant.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Yet again, starting early in the morning, sometimes a zero temperature nipped toes and fingers and a keen wind cut like a knife.
"The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley)" by Hudson Stuck
Rosalee was looking at the toes of her slippers.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Mashed nose, an' crooked toes; Dat's de way de Nigger goes.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
I once kissed thee on the mouth, and now I have kissed thee from heel to toe; thou art wholly mine.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
It was not a hand that was caught this time, nor yet a toe, or toes.
"Forest Neighbors" by William Davenport Hulbert
The thing had five toes, like a man, which was a relief.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
Like other birds, the parrot has four toes on each foot; but two of these are in front and two behind.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
And he would tread on Gerda's toes and pull her hair, and make faces at her, too.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
He danced smartly on his toes.
"The Mind Master" by Arthur J. Burks
The middle toe is getting constantly more developed, though the smaller toes are evidently still of use.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
Its paws look like hands, and it has the full number of five fingers or toes on each extremity.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The Queen, subdued, quieter, went on tip-toe round the room.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
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In poetry:

Del Cascar, Del Cascar,
Stood upon a flaming star,
Stood, and let his feet hang down
Till in China the toes turned brown.
"Del Cascar" by William Stanley Braithwaite
A Maypole dance.--O, my!
Such sport is all "my eye,"
Just try,
I tried it and I know,
The snow, the blow,
The aching toes, the smarting nose.
"Charming May" by John Hartley
I'd rather have ears than a nose,
I'd rather have fingers than toes,
But as for my hair:
I'm glad it's all there;
I'll be awfully sad when it goes.
"I'd Rather Have Habits Than Clothes" by Gelett Burgess
The sun went down through crimson bars,
And left his blind face battered with stars--
But the brown toes in China kept
Hot the tears Del Cascar wept.
"Del Cascar" by William Stanley Braithwaite
There was a Young Lady whose nose,
Was so long that it reached to her toes;
So she hired an Old Lady,
Whose conduct was steady,
To carry that wonderful nose.
"Limerick: There was a Young Lady whose nose" by Edward Lear
That set them digging all around,
And 'twasn't long before they found,
A lad whose name they never learned,
Whose face was white, whose toes had turned…
'Uppards'
"Up'ards" by Marriott Edgar

In news:

She kissed me again, reaching that place That sends messages to toes and fingertips, Then all the way to something like home.
Gold Toes, "In San Francisco".
Powers injured the big toe on his right foot.
Edgy, eclectic and totally playful, this fashion icon in the making keeps us on our toes with her bold ensembles.
Tiny carp nibble your toes in fishy pedicure.
MERRIMAN VALLEY — Love tip toes into a life at the most inconvenient moment.
Lunch in the sun with a side of toe shoes.
I have extra toes on three of my four feet.
This month Glogover Hosiery is rolling out what it said is the first-ever performance pantyhose with a seamless toe flap, with the product making its debut at Duane Reade.
William Blasingame, a former Staten Island pastor who allegedly robbed his parish of nearly $85,000 to pay for his pricey head-to-toe (soul not included) makeover.
The play dates, the trips to the dog park, the occasional grooming or vet appointment and the twice daily walks – they keep me on my toes.
Can a broken pinkie toe be fixed.
'Stiletto Surgery' removes pinky toe for better fit.
It is part of a web of ligaments that link toe bones and hold the ball of the foot together.
In this Nov 17, 2011, photo is Daniel, a cat with two extra toes on each of his feet, in Milwaukee.
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In science:

Die krag van algoritmes wat van die toeval gebruik maak, soos vir ’n PTM, het aan die wetenskaplike gemeenskap dramaties duidelik geword in 1976 toe die Miller-Rabin-toets vir primaliteit bekend gemaak is.
Quantum computing (Kwantumberekening)
String theory (ST) is the best candidate for a theory of everything (TOE).
D-Brane Actions as Constrained Systems
C((t)) (M F ∞ (A, w), M F ∞ (A, w)) the category of continuous endofunctors in the sense of [To¨e], which we now describe.
Curved String Topology and Tangential Fukaya Categories II
To¨en [To¨e] proved that there is a model structure on the category of dg-categories where weak equivalences are given by quasi-equivalences and the category RH om(C1 , C2 ) is a derived functor with respect to this model structure.
Curved String Topology and Tangential Fukaya Categories II
Roulet, The toes of the ultra high energy cosmic ray spectrum, J.
Searching for signals of magnetic lensing in ultra-high energy cosmic rays
Typically we imagine that the state space of a model forms a low-dimensional differentiable manifold within the state space of the toe.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
If the model is to accurately capture the dynamics of the toe, then the manifold must be made of some of the tra jectories of the toe.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
The process of analysing the toe and creating a low-dimensional model is sometimes termed coarse graining [117, e.g.] because of the loss of fine detail in forming a model.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
Through the rapid exponential decay all neighbouring tra jectories are quickly attracted to these low-dimensional dynamics and so they form an accurate low-dimensional model of the toe.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
In application, such as the fluid dynamics problems discussed in §3, we need theory dealing with not only infinite dimensional toe’s, but also infinite dimensional centre manifolds.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
This theorem is crucial to modelling; it asserts that for a wide variety of initial conditions the dynamics of the toe decays exponentially quickly to a solution which can be predicted by the low-dimensional model.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
Nonetheless, the model will be significantly simpler in one or more characteristics than the “infinite dimensional” toe from which it is derived—such models are useful.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
Observe that the Taylor model (11), while certainly simpler than the toe (12), is still of “infinite” dimension—there is an infinite freedom in C (x) that is governed by the model.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
To analyse the Navier-Stokes equations, the toe, to derive such a model [149], recognise that across the thin fluid film, viscosity acts quickly to damp almost all cross-film structure.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
Then horizontal derivatives, ∂x in the Navier-Stokes equations, the toe, become ∂x + ∂X .
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
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