Definition of forefoot in US English:



  • 1Each of the front feet of a four-footed animal.

    • ‘Their feet are broad and the toes are tipped with enlarged claws; the claws on the forefeet are especially well developed.’
    • ‘It gave three quick kicks to its right cheek with a forefoot, scratched the smallest itch.’
    • ‘Four toes are found on the forefeet, which lack webbing.’
    • ‘The fatty digital cushion is smaller in the rear foot than the forefoot in both African and Asian elephants.’
    • ‘The forefeet have extremely long and strong claws that are used for loosening packed earth.’
    • ‘The forefeet have 5 digits, but the thumb is reduced in size. The hindfeet have five functional digits.’
    • ‘In their search for food, most of which is comprised of burrowing rodents, badgers tear up large areas of earth with powerful digging claws on their forefeet.’
    • ‘Well, we seen prints of a big man here and there riding a large horse with a chip on the left forefoot.’
    • ‘It was crouched on all fours, its strangely formed hands with three fingers and a thumb acting as the forefeet on a crocodile, while the tail slithered like a snake's would.’
    • ‘Clumsy on the surface, because of its short legs and rotated forefeet, the animal is capable of tunnelling through loose soil at considerable speed by using its forefeet as earthmovers.’
    • ‘Most species have three digits on the hindfoot and three or four on the forefoot, but in some only a single digit, the third, remains.’
    • ‘The forefeet have 4 functional toes, and the hindfeet 3 (digits 1 and 5 are present but reduced).’
    • ‘On inspection, the foot has an ‘up and out’ appearance, with the dorsal forefoot practically touching the anterior aspect of the ankle and lower leg.’
    • ‘The forefeet have 4 digits and the hindfeet 3, and each toe is tipped with an almost hoof-like claw.’
    • ‘The forefeet and hindfeet have 3 large digits; the pollex and hallux are reduced in size or absent and the fifth finger is very small.’
    • ‘The forefeet have 4 functional digits, and the hindfeet 5.’
    • ‘They have short tails and limbs, and both the forefeet and hindfeet have five digits.’
    • ‘The forefeet have five toes (with a few exceptions), but two or three predominate and have long, sharp, curved claws.’
    • ‘The forefeet have four toes, which are easily maneuverable and used for grasping.’
    • ‘On the forefeet, digits 1 and 2 are opposable to 3-5.’
    1. 1.1 The forward end of a vessel's keel where it joins the stern.
      • ‘The single engine, semi-displacement hull form with deep forefoot and a long deep keel actually more closely resembles Down East-style workboats and cruisers.’
      • ‘The ‘IRIS II’ has been designed on traditional lines with quite a square forefoot to give as much keel length as possible, and a transom stern.’
      • ‘The full-length keel aids in directional stability as well as dampening roll and the deep forefoot helps to prevent pounding in choppy seas.’