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SOLE, noun [Latin solea, solum; that which sets or is set or laid. The radical sense coincides with that of sill.]

1. The bottom of the foot; and by a figure, the foot itselft.

2. The bottom of the shoe; or the piece of lether which constitutes the bottom. The cliga was a military show with a very thick sole tied above the instep.

3. The part of any thing that forms the bottom, and on which it stands upon the ground. Elms is proper for mills, soles for wheels, and pipes.

4. A marine fish of the genus Pleurinectes, so called probably because it keeps on or near the bottom of the sea. These fish abound on the British coast, and hence the name of sole bank, to the southward of Ireland. This fish sometimes grows to the weight of six or seven pounds.

5. In ship-building, a sort of lining, used to prevent the wearing of any thing.

6. A sort of horn under a horse's hoof.

SOLE, verb transitive To furnish with a sole; as, to sole a shoe.

SOLE, adjective [Latin solus.]

1. Single; being or acting without another; individual; only. God is the sole creator and sovereign of the world.

2. In law, single; unmarried; as a femme sole