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forefoot

Line breaks: fore|foot
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːfʊt
 
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Definition of forefoot in English:

noun (plural forefeet)

1Each of the front feet of a four-footed animal.
Example sentences
  • The fatty digital cushion is smaller in the rear foot than the forefoot in both African and Asian elephants.
  • The forefeet have 4 functional toes, and the hindfeet 3 (digits 1 and 5 are present but reduced).
  • The forefeet have five toes (with a few exceptions), but two or three predominate and have long, sharp, curved claws.
2The foremost section of a ship’s keel.
Example sentences
  • The single engine, semi-displacement hull form with deep forefoot and a long deep keel actually more closely resembles Down East-style workboats and cruisers.
  • The full-length keel aids in directional stability as well as dampening roll and the deep forefoot helps to prevent pounding in choppy seas.
  • The ‘IRIS II’ has been designed on traditional lines with quite a square forefoot to give as much keel length as possible, and a transom stern.
2.1The foremost section of a shoe.
Example sentences
  • Compared to all other tennis shoes available, it had an extra wide forefoot on the outsole, which gave support when hopping from side to side.
  • ‘When you jump rope, all the impact is going to be on the forefoot, and running shoes are designed for just the opposite, with all the shock absorption in the heel,’ Cunningham says.
  • Hinged between the second and third wheels so it bends at the forefoot like a running shoe, it provides a better push-off than normal skates as well as superfast acceleration.

Words that rhyme with forefoot

pussyfootcrowfoot

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