claw foot

claw foot
noun
1. : a foot that is or that resembles or is felt to resemble a claw; specifically : a foot on a piece of furniture in the shape of a claw

a claw-foot chair

2. : a deformity of the foot characterized by an exaggerated curvature of the longitudinal arch
claw-footed \\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷\ adjective

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1. a foot with claws.
2. a representation of the claws of an animal or bird, esp. on the foot of a piece of furniture.
3. a pathological distortion of the human foot, consisting chiefly of an abnormally high longitudinal arch.
[1815-25]

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n. (pl. claw feet)
1) a foot on a piece of furniture or a standing fixture, shaped to resemble a claw
2) Medicine an excessively arched foot with an unnaturally high instep
a disease causing such a distortion of the foot
Derivatives:
claw-footed adj.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • claw-foot — clawˈ foot noun (medicine) Pes cavus, a deformity of the foot in which the toes are turned under and the arch is exaggerated • • • Main Entry: ↑claw …   Useful english dictionary

  • claw foot — n a deformity of the foot characterized by an exaggerated curvature of the longitudinal arch …   Medical dictionary

  • claw-foot — adj. Claw foot is used with these nouns: ↑tub …   Collocations dictionary

  • claw-foot — noun Date: 1792 a foot (as on a bathtub or piece of furniture) in the shape of a claw …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • claw foot — 1. a foot with claws. 2. a representation of the claws of an animal or bird, esp. on the foot of a piece of furniture. 3. a pathological distortion of the human foot, consisting chiefly of an abnormally high longitudinal arch. [1815 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • claw-foot — /ˈklɔ fʊt/ (say klaw foot) noun 1. a condition in which the arch of the foot is abnormally high due to deformity of the metatarsal bones. 2. a foot with such a deformity …  

  • claw-foot — n. an excessively arched foot, giving an unnaturally high instep. In most cases the cause is unknown, but the deformity may sometimes be due to an imbalance between the muscles flexing the toes and the shorter muscles that extend them; this type… …   Medical dictionary

  • claw-foot — n. an excessively arched foot, giving an unnaturally high instep. In most cases the cause is unknown, but the deformity may sometimes be due to an imbalance between the muscles flexing the toes and the shorter muscles that extend them; this type… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • ball-and-claw foot — ball′ and claw′ foot n. fur a furniture foot having the form of a bird s claw grasping a ball • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • ball-and-claw foot — noun : claw and ball foot * * * /bawl euhn klaw /, Furniture. a foot having the form of a bird s claw grasping a ball. Also called claw and ball foot. [1900 05] …   Useful english dictionary

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