foot-n; 13 Senses

Sense Number 1: the lowest anatomical appendage of organisms, used for locomotion

Commentary: FOOT[+structure][+anatomical][+extremity][+pedal]

Bob had his foot in a cast for six weeks.
Mary pulled a thorn out of her dog's foot.
Snails can crawl by means of their single muscular foot.
The crowd got to their feet as the batter hit a grand slam home run over the fence.
The disciples bowed at the feet of their guru. (literally genuflecting in front of his feet)
While he was playing in the water, a big wave knocked the child off his feet.
Bob stuck his foot in the door of the elevator before it closed, so we could get in.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4, 6

Sense Number 2: a unit of length

Commentary: FOOT[+quantity][+unit][+length][+inch][+twelve]

There are twelve inches in one foot.
John is six feet tall.
The car skidded about a hundred feet before hitting a tree.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: the end, or lower, position of an object

Commentary: FOOT[+relation][+position][+location][+end/+bottom]
NOTE: usually occurs in the singular

Watch out for the bucket at the foot of the stairs.
A small village is nestled at the foot of the mountain.
We are standing at the foot of the most famous tower in Italy.
The guest of honor should not be seated at the foot of the table, but at the head.
A cedar chest was placed at the foot of the bed.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 5

Sense Number 4: travel by walking

Commentary: FOOR[+activity][+travel][+walking]

She was fleet of foot. (a fast walker)
We'll have to travel on foot over the roughest terrain.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 5: support structures of objects that resemble appendages

Commentary: FOOT[+structure][+inanimate][+support][+chair/+table/+pedestal]

He put casters on the feet of the chairs. (wheels attached so the chair rolls)
Guide the fabric through the foot of the sewing machine as you stitch.
The statue's left foot was broken off.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 11

Sense Number 6: a metrical unit in poetry

Commentary: FOOT[+quantity][+unit][+length][+meter][+poetic]

Each line of this poem has five metrical feet.
In English, a poetic foot is characterized by stressed and unstressed syllables.
In classical ancient poetry, a foot was measured by long and short syllables.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 7: infantry, soldiers who walk to battle

Commentary: FOOT[+person][+soldier][+infantry]
NOTE: somewhat archaic usage

"There were ten thousand horsemen and as many fully-armed foot"

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 8: a member of a surveillance team, a spy

Commentary: FOOT[+person][+agent][+surveillance]

He served as a foot on that undercover mission.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 9: the first step towards a goal

Commentary: Idiom: foot_in_the_door

This internship will help Mary's son get a foot in the door in the world of finance.
It's very difficult to get a foot in the door in show business.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: foot_in_the_door

Sense Number 10: a state of recovery or recuperation

Commentary: Idiom: on_one's_feet

These loans will help the firm get back on its feet economically.
There is a temp in our office until the regular receptionist gets back on her feet after surgery.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: on_one's_feet_1

Sense Number 11: in an ad lib or extemporaneous manner

Commentary: Idiom: on_one's_feet

You have to be able to think on your feet in that job.
John is a careful analyst but he is not fast on his feet with decision making.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: on_one's_feet

Sense Number 12: enamored of, emotionally swept away

Commentary: Idiom: off_one's_feet

The sultry Austrian film star swept the men off their feet.
Let's not get swept off our feet by this economic news just yet.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: off_one's_feet

Sense Number 13: be under the spell or influence of something

Commentary: Idiom: at_the_feet

They worship at the feet of the almighty dollar.
They refuse to grovel at the feet of more powerful nations.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: at_the_feet