toe

Definitions

Construction

  • Any projection from the base of a construction or object to give it increased bearing and stability.
  • That part of the base of a retaining wall that projects beyond the face away from the retained material.
  • The lower portion of the lock stile.
  • The junction between the base metal and the face of a filled weld.
  • To drive a nail at an oblique angle.
  • That portion of sheeting below the excavated material.
  • The part of a blasting hole furthest from the face.

Medical

  • noun one of the five separate parts at the end of the foot. Each toe is formed of three bones or phalanges, except the big toe, which only has two.

Real Estate

  • verb to fasten something with a nail or spike driven in at an angle

Business

  • acronym fortonne of oil equivalent
    (written as TOE)

General Science

  • acronym fortonnes of oil equivalent
    (written as TOE)
  • noun a unit of measurement of the energy content of a fuel, calculated by comparing its heat energy with that of oil.

Origin & History of “toe”

many European languages use the same word for ‘finger’ and ‘toe’ (Spanish dedo, e.g., and Russian and polish palec), and English toe may have originated in such a dual-purpose term. Its prehistoric Germanic ancestor was *taikhwōn, and it has been speculated that this may be related to Latin digitus ‘finger, toe’ (source of English digit). other descendants of the Germanic form include German zehe, Dutch tee, Swedish tåa, and Danish taa.
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