HEEL, noun [Latin calx; Gr. a tumor.]
1. The hind part of the foot, particularly of man; but it is applied also to the corresponding part of the feet of quadrupeds.
2. The whole foot.
The stag recalls his strength, his speed,
His winged heels--
3. The hind part of a shoe, either for man or beast.
4. The part of a stocking intended for the heel
To be out at the heels, is to have on stockings that are worn out.
5. Something shaped like the human heel; a protuberance or knob.
6. The latter part; as, a bill was introduced into the legislature at the heel of the session.
7. A spur.
This horse understands the heel well.
8. The after end of a ship's keel; the lower end of the stern-post to which it is connected; also, the lower end of a mast.
To be at the heels, to pursue closely; to follow hard; also, to attend closely.
Hungry want is at my heels.
To show the heels, to flee; to run from.
To take to the heels, to flee; to betake to flight.
To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to confine.
To have the heels of, to outrun.
Neck and heels, the whole length of the body.
HEEL, verb intransitive To dance.
HEEL, verb transitive To arm a cock.
1. To add a heel to; as, to heel a shoe.
HEEL verb intransitive To incline; to lean; as a ship; as, the ship heels a-port, or a star-board.