General English


  • verb to make, fit and fix horseshoes to the feet of a horse


  • Any piece of timber, metal, or stone receiving the lower end of virtually any member. Also called a soleplate.
  • A metal device protecting the foot, or point, of a pile.
  • A metal plate used at the base of an arch or truss to resist horizontal thrust.
  • A ground plate forming a link of a track, or bolted to a track line.
  • A support for a bulldozer blade or other digging edge to prevent cutting down.
  • A cleanup device following the buckets of a ditching machine.
  • A short section used at the base of a downspout to direct the flow of water away from a wall.

Origin & History of “shoe”

Shoe is a strictly Germanic word, with no living relatives in other branches of the Indo-European language family. It comes from a prehistoric Germanic *skōkhaz, which is probably descended ultimately from the Indo-European base *skeu- ‘cover’. Its cousins are German schuh, Dutch schoen, and Swedish and Danish sko. Until the early modern English period shoon vied with shoes as its plural; and the archaic past form of the verb, shod, still survives.