Hay 3 definiciones de heel en inglés:


Silabificación: heel


1The back part of the foot below the ankle.
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  • Knees are bent and held in front of the chest, with the heels positioned below the hips.
  • This pointing pulls the heel and ankle bones forward putting a great deal of rubbing on the skin on top of the ankle bones and over the tendon in front of the ankle.
  • The commonest ankle sprain is when the heel or foot turn inwards in relation to the lower leg, overstretching the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.
1.1A corresponding part of the foot in vertebrate animals.
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  • From its surprisingly small feet spread white, feathery wings at its heels.
  • These animals also have spurred heels, but these appear to be a feature of both sexes in the young, the females losing them as they mature.
  • If you can (and your horse will stand for you), try drying off their heels with a hair dryer on a cool setting after the once weekly wash.
1.2The part of the palm of the hand next to the wrist: he rubbed the heel of his hand against the window
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  • I closed my eyes a moment, rubbing the center of my forehead - just between my eyebrows - with the heel of my palm.
  • Claire sniffles, rubbing at her eyes with the heel of her palm.
  • He rubbed his eye with the heel of his palm and smiled widely.
1.3The part of a shoe or boot supporting the heel: shoes with low heels
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  • They are a plain looking, solid sort of shoe with a chunky heel, quite rigid support and come in an infinite range of colours and limited editions.
  • Mine are presently a half-inch above the heel of my shoes.
  • A shoe with a distinct heel will be much, much easier to walk in.
wedge, stiletto
1.4The part of a sock covering the heel.
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  • As he stood with one foot on the top step, it was quite obvious that he had a hole the size of a silver dollar in the right heel of his maroon sock.
  • Changing out of his painting clothes after a somewhat disappointing day in his studio, he noticed the worn spot on the heel of his sock.
  • Your sock's heel should fit snugly around your heel.
1.5 (heels) High-heeled shoes.
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  • The three inch brown suede heels seemed like sneakers on her joyous feet.
  • She wore a short black dress, her black walking heels, and a tight red cardigan with just the middle button done up over the dress.
  • People don't seem to understand that modeling is not just getting on the catwalk and walking in heels.
2A thing resembling a heel in form or position, in particular.
2.1The end of a violin bow at which it is held.
2.2The part of the head of a golf club nearest the shaft.
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  • Irons from the 1930s, for example, had a center of gravity high on the clubface and well toward the heel.
  • The iron's center of gravity is toward the heel and higher than in the company's more forgiving irons.
  • On the first tee, he hit a shot off the heel and almost hit somebody's head in the gallery.
2.3A crusty end of a loaf of bread, or the rind of a cheese.
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  • He seized the heel of black bread that was resting next to the bowl, scraped out the inside, and dipped it in the soup.
  • She plopped down her bowl of stew and heel of crusty bread, holding the mug of cider in her hand as she sat.
  • He had just finished soaking up the last of his roast beef with a heel of bread.
tail end, end, crust, remnant, remainder, remains
2.4A piece of the main stem of a plant left attached to the base of a cutting.
3 informal An inconsiderate or untrustworthy person: what kind of a heel do you think I am?
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  • Chief Executives have gone from heroes in gray pinstriped suits to heels in orange jumpsuits.
scoundrel, rogue, rascal, reprobate, miscreant
informal beast, rat, louse, swine, snake, scumbag, scumbucket, scuzzball, sleazeball, sleazebag, stinker
4 [as exclamation] A command to a dog to walk close behind its owner.
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  • ‘Heel’ I said and Rusty obeyed.
  • I was getting a little scared I wouldn't get her back so I shouted ‘HEEL!’


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1Fit or renew a heel on (a shoe or boot).
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  • In fact, if you are dining there he will lend you a pair of flip-flops to get back to your chair while he heels your soles.
2(Of a dog) follow closely behind its owner: these dogs are born with the instinctive urge to heel
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  • Once your puppy is heeling properly, it's time to teach him to sit.
  • Now I let it off the chain and it follows me everywhere, obediently heeling.
  • Three weeks ago, Mary appeared on the TV programme, teaching a dog how to heel to a TV theme tune.
3 [no object] Touch the ground with the heel when dancing.
4 Golf Strike (the ball) with the heel of the club.
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  • I heeled the shot and hit a line drive through the fence and into the putting green area.


Old English hēla, hǣla, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hiel.


at (or to) heel

(Of a dog) close to and slightly behind its owner.
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  • Their big shaggy sheepdogs with matted pelts stayed close at heel.
  • Off he would set on his rounds with his faithful collie dog at heel and following, some way behind, was the goat.
  • By the end of the song, which has no tune whatsoever, and a performance from the singer that could bring dogs to heel, you feel a bit like squealing and pulling a wacky face yourself.

at the heels of

(or at someone's heels)
Following closely behind: he headed off with Sammy at his heels

bring someone to heel

Bring someone under control.
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  • There was no government watchdog to thank for bringing him to heel.
  • If we don't enforce the Act to that end, then the courts will bring us to heel.
  • If the perpetrators come from a few districts and some dubious ‘communes’, it's difficult to understand why the forces of law and order have not been able to bring them to heel.

down at heel

(Of a shoe) with the heel worn down.
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  • On the other hand, you could write, of the same individual: His shoes were down-at-heel and his raincoat was streaked with dirt.
  • Chinese servants should not (strictly speaking) appear before their masters in short clothes, nor without socks, nor with shoes down at heel, nor with their tail tied round the head.
  • Make sure your shoes are well polished and not down-at-heel
Having a poor, shabby appearance.
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  • Had I gone at 17 I have no doubt I would have been staying in a down-at-heel guest house.
  • Both are better bets than the rather down-at-heel Caruso Belvedere.
  • Vince Vaughn is Peter, a likeable slacker who runs the down-at-heel Average Joe's Gym.

kick up one's heels

North American Have a lively, enjoyable time.
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  • She had no idea of the paces we would put her through or do but by Wednesday she was dancing, kicking up her heels, doing a whole number, a tango thing with the dancers.
  • Steamboat Springs is also known for its western hospitality so bring your cowboy boots and belt buckles, kick up your heels, and be prepared to enjoy yourself.
  • Do you kids feel that you need to kick up your heels?

on the heels of

Following closely after: September frosts would be on the heels of the dog days of August
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  • Following hard on the heels of the German jazz group is an Indian jazz pianist.
  • The move follows hard on the heels of an acquisition which has seen business gains in the west of Scotland.
  • The move follows hot on the heels of two other UK acquisitions by the company in recent weeks.

set someone back on their heels

Astonish or discomfit someone.
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  • Then, just as the team seemed to be establishing a foothold, two interceptions set them back on their heels.
  • A tremendous drive set them back on their heels, forcing them to concede a penalty.
  • They counter attack from deep in their own defence and our forwards should have been tackling them with a ferocity that would have disrupted them and rocked them back on their heels near their own lines.

turn on one's heel

Turn sharply around.
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  • Her friends were there now so she just turned on her heel and walked away round the corner.
  • With that, she swiftly turned on her heel and disappeared as she rounded the corner to her destination.
  • He turns on his heel and walks off toward the street.

under the heel of

Dominated or controlled by: the Greeks spent several centuries under the heel of the Ottoman Empire
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  • Have those societies, tribes, castes, and languages of the Low Life of New York disappeared under the heel of gentrification, or are writers just not working hard enough these days as chroniclers?
  • He has seen his country crushed under the heel of a ‘liberating’ force which has destroyed its monasteries, killed its religious leaders, and done its best to obliterate its native culture.
  • As the Iron Curtain fell across Europe after the end of the war, Poland was swept behind it and under the heel of Joseph Stalin - a dictator as cruel as Adolf Hitler was.



[in combination]: high-heeled shoes


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  • By the early 19th century women dancers began to wear the new thin, heelless, satin ballet slipper, tied with ribbons around the ankle and stiffened at the toe by rows of darning.
  • Under the overcoat, she wore a blue skirt and a white blouse and thick stockings and heelless black shoes.
  • For instance, the Prince in Swan Lake wears heelless character boots.

Hay 3 definiciones de heel en inglés:


Silabificación: heel


[no object]
1(Of a boat or ship) be tilted temporarily by the pressure of wind or by an uneven distribution of weight on board. Compare with list2.
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  • As the wind increased, the yacht heeled over to a precarious angle and its bow was being continually submerged by the oncoming swell.
  • The worst thing, we agreed, was putting on the oilskins in such conditions, whether on a fishing boat or a yacht heeled well over and battering her way into a difficult sea.
  • Even as he spoke, the ship heeled over in the rising wind, and he moaned.
lean over, list, careen, tilt, tip, incline, keel over
1.1 [with object] Cause (a boat or ship) to lean over.
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  • Placed too high up on a sailboat's mast, the radar might miss seeing a nearby target on the windward side when a boat is heeled over.


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1An instance of a ship heeling.
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  • This system is designed to compensate for wind and heel and control roll, yaw and surge.
1.1The degree of incline of a ship’s leaning measured from the vertical.
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  • This would result in a boat that has identical stability to that of the standard boat up to 38-40 degrees of heel.
  • She knew what the best angle of heel was for a swift passage.


late 16th century: from obsolete heeld, hield 'incline', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hellen.

Hay 3 definiciones de heel en inglés:


Silabificación: heel


[with object] (heel something in) Set a plant in the ground and cover its roots.
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  • Of course if the weather is very cold when your plants arrive, this is the only option for them, since if it's too cold for planting then it's also too cold to heel plants in.
  • They're bare roots and so far I've left them packed in their plastic bags and in the garage, but as I don't have their permanent containers yet I will need to heel them in today.
  • Find a way to heel it in in such a way that the amount of sun and wind the root ball receives is minimal.


Old Englishhelian 'cover, hide', of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin celare 'hide'.