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heel

1
1. the back part of the human foot from the instep to the lower part of the ankle
2. the corresponding part in other vertebrates
3. Horticulture the small part of the parent plant that remains attached to a young shoot cut for propagation and that ensures more successful rooting
4. Nautical
a. the bottom of a mast
b. the after end of a ship's keel
5. the back part of a golf club head where it bends to join the shaft
6. Rugby possession of the ball as obtained from a scrum (esp in the phrase get the heel)

heel

2
inclined position from the vertical
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

Heel

The lower end of an upright member, especially one resting on a support.
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What does it mean when you dream about a heel?

The heel is often used synonymously for the foot as a symbol, for example, to represent violence or oppression (e.g., under the heel of a dictator). As the part of the body most often in contact with the ground and dirt, it can be a symbol of the base or ignoble, for instance, a low, vile, contemptible, despicable person (a “heel”). The heel is also often represented by the analogous part of a shoe, which is frequently in shabby condition (“down at the heels”), perhaps signifying something in the dreamer’s life that needs attention. Finally, the heel can also represent vulnerability, as in an Achilles’ heel.

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heel

[hēl]
(mechanical engineering)
(metallurgy)
A quantity of molten metal remaining in the ladle after pouring a metal cast-ing.
A quantity of metal retained in an induction furnace during a stand-by period.
(navigation)
Of a ship, to incline or to be inclined to one side.
(ordnance)
Upper corner of the butt of a rifle stock held in firing position.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

heel

1. The lower end of an upright timber, esp. one resting on a support.
2. The lower end of the hanging stile of a door.
3. The floor brace for timbers that brace a wall.
4. The trailing edge of the blade of a bulldozer, or the like.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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THE recently held Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hills saw two veteran Hollywood actresses Emma Thompson and Julia Roberts ditch their beloved Christian Louboutin heels for some barefoot comfort.
With the scanner, specialists could see that wearing a high-heeled shoe can force a foot into an unnatural shape, which can cause pain and long-term damage after frequent use of heels.
But possibly my most obvious failure to the female race is a complete inability to walk in high heels.
Table 2 shows the cardiovascular responses of the subjects while walking 76.5 meters barefooted and in high heeled shoes of 2, 4 and 6-inch heel heights.
Despite having a multitude of colours, styles and heel heights to choose from, each chose women's shoes which bore a remarkable resemblance to the other.
Sedentary lifestyle and wearing shoes with poor cushioning also trigger heel pain.
"You put a kid in a heel and someone touches them and says tag, they're it -- they're off," Dairman says.
Of particular interest is the reference to "the one who wrestles with the heel" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).
She also says that adding a metal brace between the heel and arch portion of the sole creates extra stability.
When to see your GP See your GP or a podiatrist if you've had persistent heel pain for a number of weeks and it hasn't cleared up.
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