From Middle English to, from Old English tā, (Mercian) tāhe, from Proto-Germanic *taihwǭ (compare Dutch teen, German Zehe, Swedish tå), from *tīhwaną (“to show, announce”) (compare Old English teōn (“to accuse”), German zeihen (“to accuse, blame”)), from Proto-Indo-European *deyḱ- (“to show”) (compare Hittite [script needed] (tekkuššāi), Latin dīcere (“to say”), digitus (“finger”), Ancient Greek δείκνυμι (deíknumi, “to point out, show”), Sanskrit दिदेष्टि (dídeṣṭi), दिशति (diśáti)).
toe (plural toes)
- Each of the five digits on the end of the foot.
- An equivalent part in an animal.
- That part of a shoe or sock covering the toe.
- Something resembling a toe, especially at the bottom or extreme end of something.
- (dance) An advanced form of ballet primarily for the females, dancing ballet primarily using a Pointe shoe.
- An alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle with positive toe (or toe in) signifying that the wheels are closer together at the front than at the back and negative toe (or toe out) the opposite.
- (engineering) The journal, or pivot, at the lower end of a revolving shaft or spindle, which rests in a step.
- (engineering) A lateral projection at one end, or between the ends, of a piece, such as a rod or bolt, by means of which it is moved.
- (engineering) A projection from the periphery of a revolving piece, acting as a cam to lift another piece.
- (carpentry) The long side of an angled cut.
toe (third-person singular simple present toes, present participle toeing, simple past and past participle toed)
- To furnish (a stocking, etc.) with a toe.
- To touch, tap or kick with the toes.
- (transitive) To touch or reach with the toes; to come fully up to.
- (construction) To fasten (a piece) by driving a fastener at a near-45-degree angle through the side (of the piece) into the piece to which it is to be fastened.
- (golf) To mishit a golf ball with the toe of the club.