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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Foot \Foot\ (f[oo^]t), n.; pl. Feet (f[=e]t). [OE. fot, foot,
   pl. fet, feet. AS. f[=o]t, pl. f[=e]t; akin to D. voet, OHG.
   fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. f[=o]tr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth.
   f[=o]tus, L. pes, Gr. poy`s, Skr. p[=a]d, Icel. fet step,
   pace measure of a foot, feta to step, find one's way.
   [root]77, 250. Cf. Antipodes, Cap-a-pie, Expedient,
   Fet to fetch, Fetlock, Fetter, Pawn a piece in chess,
   Pedal.]
   1. (Anat.) The terminal part of the leg of man or an animal;
      esp., the part below the ankle or wrist; that part of an
      animal upon which it rests when standing, or moves. See
      Manus, and Pes.
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   2. (Zool.) The muscular locomotive organ of a mollusk. It is
      a median organ arising from the ventral region of body,
      often in the form of a flat disk, as in snails. See
      Illust. of Buccinum.
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   3. That which corresponds to the foot of a man or animal; as,
      the foot of a table; the foot of a stocking.
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   4. The lowest part or base; the ground part; the bottom, as
      of a mountain, column, or page; also, the last of a row or
      series; the end or extremity, esp. if associated with
      inferiority; as, the foot of a hill; the foot of the
      procession; the foot of a class; the foot of the bed;; the
      foot of the page.
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            And now at foot
            Of heaven's ascent they lift their feet. --Milton.
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   5. Fundamental principle; basis; plan; -- used only in the
      singular.
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            Answer directly upon the foot of dry reason.
                                                  --Berkeley.
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   6. Recognized condition; rank; footing; -- used only in the
      singular. [R.]
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            As to his being on the foot of a servant. --Walpole.
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   7. A measure of length equivalent to twelve inches; one third
      of a yard. See Yard.
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   Note: This measure is supposed to be taken from the length of
         a man's foot. It differs in length in different
         countries. In the United States and in England it is
         304.8 millimeters.
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   8. (Mil.) Soldiers who march and fight on foot; the infantry,
      usually designated as the foot, in distinction from the
      cavalry. "Both horse and foot." --Milton.
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   9. (Pros.) A combination of syllables consisting a metrical
      element of a verse, the syllables being formerly
      distinguished by their quantity or length, but in modern
      poetry by the accent.
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   10. (Naut.) The lower edge of a sail.
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   Note: Foot is often used adjectively, signifying of or
         pertaining to a foot or the feet, or to the base or
         lower part. It is also much used as the first of
         compounds.
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   Foot artillery. (Mil.)
       (a) Artillery soldiers serving in foot.
       (b) Heavy artillery. --Farrow.

   Foot bank (Fort.), a raised way within a parapet.

   Foot barracks (Mil.), barracks for infantery.

   Foot bellows, a bellows worked by a treadle. --Knight.

   Foot company (Mil.), a company of infantry. --Milton.

   Foot gear, covering for the feet, as stocking, shoes, or
      boots.

   Foot hammer (Mach.), a small tilt hammer moved by a
      treadle.

   Foot iron.
       (a) The step of a carriage.
       (b) A fetter.

   Foot jaw. (Zool.) See Maxilliped.

   Foot key (Mus.), an organ pedal.

   Foot level (Gunnery), a form of level used in giving any
      proposed angle of elevation to a piece of ordnance.
      --Farrow.

   Foot mantle, a long garment to protect the dress in riding;
      a riding skirt. [Obs.]

   Foot page, an errand boy; an attendant. [Obs.]

   Foot passenger, one who passes on foot, as over a road or
      bridge.

   Foot pavement, a paved way for foot passengers; a footway;
      a trottoir.

   Foot poet, an inferior poet; a poetaster. [R.] --Dryden.

   Foot post.
       (a) A letter carrier who travels on foot.
       (b) A mail delivery by means of such carriers.

   Fot pound, & Foot poundal. (Mech.) See Foot pound and
      Foot poundal, in the Vocabulary.

   Foot press (Mach.), a cutting, embossing, or printing
      press, moved by a treadle.

   Foot race, a race run by persons on foot. --Cowper.

   Foot rail, a railroad rail, with a wide flat flange on the
      lower side.

   Foot rot, an ulcer in the feet of sheep; claw sickness.

   Foot rule, a rule or measure twelve inches long.

   Foot screw, an adjusting screw which forms a foot, and
      serves to give a machine or table a level standing on an
      uneven place.

   Foot secretion. (Zool.) See Sclerobase.

   Foot soldier, a soldier who serves on foot.

   Foot stick (Printing), a beveled piece of furniture placed
      against the foot of the page, to hold the type in place.
      

   Foot stove, a small box, with an iron pan, to hold hot
      coals for warming the feet.

   Foot tubercle. (Zool.) See Parapodium.

   Foot valve (Steam Engine), the valve that opens to the air
      pump from the condenser.

   Foot vise, a kind of vise the jaws of which are operated by
      a treadle.

   Foot waling (Naut.), the inside planks or lining of a
      vessel over the floor timbers. --Totten.

   Foot wall (Mining), the under wall of an inclosed vein.
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   By foot, or On foot, by walking; as, to pass a stream on
      foot.

   Cubic foot. See under Cubic.

   Foot and mouth disease, a contagious disease (Eczema
      epizo["o]tica) of cattle, sheep, swine, etc.,
      characterized by the formation of vesicles and ulcers in
      the mouth and about the hoofs.

   Foot of the fine (Law), the concluding portion of an
      acknowledgment in court by which, formerly, the title of
      land was conveyed. See Fine of land, under Fine, n.;
      also Chirograph. (b).

   Square foot. See under Square.

   To be on foot, to be in motion, action, or process of
      execution.

   To keep the foot (Script.), to preserve decorum. "Keep thy
      foot when thou goest to the house of God." --Eccl. v. 1.

   To put one's foot down, to take a resolute stand; to be
      determined. [Colloq.]

   To put the best foot foremost, to make a good appearance;
      to do one's best. [Colloq.]

   To set on foot, to put in motion; to originate; as, to set
      on foot a subscription.

   To put one on his feet, or set one on his feet, to put
      one in a position to go on; to assist to start.

   Under foot.
       (a) Under the feet; (Fig.) at one's mercy; as, to trample
           under foot. --Gibbon.
       (b) Below par. [Obs.] "They would be forced to sell . . .
           far under foot." --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Under \Un"der\ ([u^]n"d[~e]r), prep. [AS. under, prep. & adv.;
   akin to OFries. under, OS. undar, D. onder, G. unter, OHG.
   untar, Icel. undir, Sw. & Dan. under, Goth. undar, L. infra
   below, inferior lower, Skr. adhas below. [root]201. Cf.
   Inferior.]
   1. Below or lower, in place or position, with the idea of
      being covered; lower than; beneath; -- opposed to over;
      as, he stood under a tree; the carriage is under cover; a
      cellar extends under the whole house.
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            Fruit put in bottles, and the bottles let down into
            wells under water, will keep long.    --Bacon.
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            Be gathered now, ye waters under heaven,
            Into one place.                       --Milton.
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   2. Hence, in many figurative uses which may be classified as
      follows; 
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      (a) Denoting relation to some thing or person that is
          superior, weighs upon, oppresses, bows down, governs,
          directs, influences powerfully, or the like, in a
          relation of subjection, subordination, obligation,
          liability, or the like; as, to travel under a heavy
          load; to live under extreme oppression; to have
          fortitude under the evils of life; to have patience
          under pain, or under misfortunes; to behave like a
          Christian under reproaches and injuries; under the
          pains and penalties of the law; the condition under
          which one enters upon an office; under the necessity
          of obeying the laws; under vows of chastity.
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                Both Jews and Gentiles . . . are all under sin.
                                                  --Rom. iii. 9.
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                That led the embattled seraphim to war
                Under thy conduct.                --Milton.
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                Who have their provand
                Only for bearing burdens, and sore blows
                For sinking under them.           --Shak.
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      (b) Denoting relation to something that exceeds in rank or
          degree, in number, size, weight, age, or the like; in
          a relation of the less to the greater, of inferiority,
          or of falling short.
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                Three sons he dying left under age. --Spenser.
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                Medicines take effect sometimes under, and
                sometimes above, the natural proportion of their
                virtue.                           --Hooker.
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                There are several hundred parishes in England
                under twenty pounds a year.       --Swift.
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                It was too great an honor for any man under a
                duke.                             --Addison.
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   Note: Hence, it sometimes means at, with, or for, less than;
         as, he would not sell the horse under sixty dollars.
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               Several young men could never leave the pulpit
               under half a dozen conceits.       --Swift.
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      (c) Denoting relation to something that comprehends or
          includes, that represents or designates, that
          furnishes a cover, pretext, pretense, or the like; as,
          he betrayed him under the guise of friendship;
          Morpheus is represented under the figure of a boy
          asleep.
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                A crew who, under names of old renown . . .
                abused
                Fanatic Egypt.                    --Milton.
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                Mr. Duke may be mentioned under the double
                capacity of a poet and a divine.  --Felton.
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                Under this head may come in the several contests
                and wars betwixt popes and the secular princes.
                                                  --C. Leslie.
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      (d) Less specifically, denoting the relation of being
          subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like;
          as, a bill under discussion.
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                Abject and lost, lay these, covering the flood,
                Under amazement of their hideous change.
                                                  --Milton.
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   Under arms. (Mil.)
      (a) Drawn up fully armed and equipped.
      (b) Enrolled for military service; as, the state has a
          million men under arms.

   Under canvas.
      (a) (Naut.) Moved or propelled by sails; -- said of any
          vessel with her sail set, but especially of a steamer
          using her sails only, as distinguished from one under
          steam. Under steam and canvas signifies that a vessel
          is using both means of propulsion.
      (b) (Mil.) Provided with, or sheltered in, tents.

   Under fire, exposed to an enemy's fire; taking part in a
      battle or general engagement.

   Under foot. See under Foot, n.

   Under ground, below the surface of the ground.

   Under one's signature, with one's signature or name
      subscribed; attested or confirmed by one's signature. Cf.
      the second Note under Over, prep.

   Under sail. (Naut.)
      (a) With anchor up, and under the influence of sails;
          moved by sails; in motion.
      (b) With sails set, though the anchor is down.
      (c) Same as Under canvas
      (a), above. --Totten.

   Under sentence, having had one's sentence pronounced.

   Under the breath, Under one's breath, with low voice;
      very softly.

   Under the lee (Naut.), to the leeward; as, under the lee of
      the land.

   Under the gun. Under psychological pressure, such as the
      need to meet a pressing deadline; feeling pressured

   Under water, below the surface of the water.

   Under way, or Under weigh (Naut.), in a condition to make
      progress; having started.
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