heel [1] NOUN 1) the back part of the foot below the ankle. 2) the part of a shoe or boot supporting the heel. 3) the part of the palm of the hand next to the wrist. 4) informal, dated a contemptible person.
EXCLAMATION a command to a dog to walk close behind its owner.
VERB fit or renew a heel on (a shoe or boot).
at (or on) the heels of — Cf. ↑on the heels of
bring to heel — Cf. ↑bring to heel
cool (or Brit. kick) one's heels — Cf. ↑kick one's heels
take to one's heels — Cf. ↑take to one's heels
turn (on one's) heel — Cf. ↑turn on one's heel
DERIVATIVES heeled adjective heelless adjective.
ORIGIN Old English, related to HOCK(Cf. ↑hock).
heel [2] VERB (of a ship) lean over owing to the pressure of wind or an uneven load.
NOUN an instance of heeling, or the amount that a ship heels.
ORIGIN from obsolete heeld, hield «incline», from Germanic.
heel [3] VERB (heel in) set (a plant) in the ground and cover its roots; plant temporarily.
ORIGIN Old English, «cover, hide».

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