English - Etymology
From Middle English shoo, from Old English scōh (“shoe”), from Proto-Germanic *skōhaz (“shoe", literally "covering”) (compare Scots shae, West Frisian skoech, Low German Schoh, Dutch schoen, German Schuh, Danish and Swedish sko), from Proto-Indo-European *skewk- (compare Tocharian B skāk ‘balcony’), from *(s)kew- (“to cover”). More at sky.
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
- A protective covering for the foot, with a bottom part composed of thick leather or plastic sole and often a thicker heel, and a softer upper part made of leather or synthetic material. Shoes generally do not extend above the ankle, as opposed to boots, which do.
- A piece of metal designed to be attached to a horse's foot as a means of protection; a horseshoe.
- (card games) A device for holding multiple decks of playing cards, allowing more games to be played by reducing the time between shuffles.
Something resembling a shoe in form, position, or function, such as a brake shoe.
- A band of iron or steel, or a ship of wood, fastened to the bottom of the runner of a sleigh, or any vehicle which slides on the snow.
- A drag, or sliding piece of wood or iron, placed under the wheel of a loaded vehicle, to retard its motion in going down a hill.
- The part of a railroad car brake which presses upon the wheel to retard its motion.
- (architecture) A trough-shaped or spout-shaped member, put at the bottom of the water leader coming from the eaves gutter, so as to throw the water off from the building.
- A trough or spout for conveying grain from the hopper to the eye of the millstone.
- An inclined trough in an ore-crushing mill.
- An iron socket or plate to take the thrust of a strut or rafter.
- An iron socket to protect the point of a wooden pile.
- (engineering) A plate, or notched piece, interposed between a moving part and the stationary part on which it bears, to take the wear and afford means of adjustment; called also slipper and gib.
- Part of a current collector on electric trains which provides contact either with a live rail or an overhead wire (fitted to a pantograph in the latter case).
English - Verb
- To put shoes on one's feet.
- To put horseshoes on a horse.
- To equip an object with a protection against wear.