3. A look or expression of heading. [R.]
He did it with a serious mind; a heedShak.
Was in his countenance.
(Heed"ful) a. Full of heed; regarding with care; cautious; circumspect; attentive; vigilant. Shak.
Heed"ful*ly, adv. Heed"ful*ness, n.
(Heed"less), a. Without heed or care; inattentive; careless; thoughtless; unobservant.
O, negligent and heedless discipline!Shak.
The heedless lover does not knowWaller.
Whose eyes they are that wound him so.
Heed"less*ly, adv. Heed"less*ness, n.
(Heed"y) a. Heedful. [Obs.] "Heedy shepherds." Spenser. Heed"i*ly adv. [Obs.] Heed"i*ness,
n. [Obs.] Spenser.
Heeling error (Naut.), a deviation of the compass caused by the heeling of an iron vessel to one side
or the other.
(Heel) v. i. [OE. helden to lean, incline, AS. heldan, hyldan; akin to Icel. halla, Dan. helde,
Sw. hälla to tilt, pour, and perh. to E. hill.] (Naut.) To lean or tip to one side, as a ship; as, the ship
heels aport; the boat heeled over when the squall struck it.
(Heel), n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. hela, perh. for hohila, fr. AS. hoh heel (cf. Hough); but cf. D.
hiel, OFries. heila, hela, Icel. hæll, Dan. hæl, Sw. häl, and L. calx. &radic12. Cf. Inculcate.]
1. The hinder part of the foot; sometimes, the whole foot; in man or quadrupeds.
He [the stag] calls to mind his strength and then his speed,Denham.
His winged heels and then his armed head.
2. The hinder part of any covering for the foot, as of a shoe, sock, etc.; specif., a solid part projecting
downward from the hinder part of the sole of a boot or shoe.
3. The latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or concluding part. "The heel of a hunt." A. Trollope.
"The heel of the white loaf." Sir W. Scott.
4. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.
5. The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human heel; the lower part, or part on which a
thing rests; especially: (a) (Naut.) The after end of a ship's keel. (b) (Naut.) The lower end of a mast,
a boom, the bowsprit, the sternpost, etc. (c) (Mil.) In a small arm, the corner of the but which is upwards
in the firing position. (d) (Mil.) The uppermost part of the blade of a sword, next to the hilt. (e) The
part of any tool next the tang or handle; as, the heel of a scythe.
6. (Man.) Management by the heel, especially the spurred heel; as, the horse understands the heel
7. (Arch.) (a) The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or rafter. In the United States, specif.,
the obtuse angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping. (b) A cyma reversa; so called by workmen.
Heel chain (Naut.), a chain passing from the bowsprit cap around the heel of the jib boom. Heel
plate, the butt plate of a gun. Heel of a rafter. (Arch.) See Heel, n., 7. Heel ring, a ring