The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Shoe \Shoe\ (sh[=oo]), n.; pl. Shoes (sh[=oo]z), formerly
Shoon (sh[=oo]n), now provincial. [OE. sho, scho, AS.
sc[=o]h, sce['o]h; akin to OFries. sk[=o], OS. sk[=o]h, D.
schoe, schoen, G. schuh, OHG. scuoh, Icel. sk[=o]r, Dan. &
Sw. sko, Goth. sk[=o]hs; of unknown origin.]
1. A covering for the human foot, usually made of leather,
having a thick and somewhat stiff sole and a lighter top.
It differs from a boot on not extending so far up the leg.
Your hose should be ungartered, . . . yourshoe
Spare none but such as go in clouted shoon. --Shak.
2. Anything resembling a shoe in form, position, or use.
(a) A plate or rim of iron nailed to the hoof of an animal
to defend it from injury.
(b) 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.
(c) 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.
(d) The part of an automobile or railroad car brake which
presses upon the wheel to retard its motion.
(e) (Arch.) 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
(f) (Milling.) The trough or spout for conveying the grain
from the hopper to the eye of the millstone.
(g) An inclined trough in an ore-crushing mill.
(h) An iron socket or plate to take the thrust of a strut
(i) An iron socket to protect the point of a wooden pile.
(j) (Mach.) 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.
Note: Shoe is often used adjectively, or in composition; as,
shoe buckle, or shoe-buckle; shoe latchet, or
shoe-latchet; shoe leathet, or shoe-leather; shoe
string, shoe-string, or shoestring.
3. The outer cover or tread of a pneumatic tire, esp. for an
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Shoe of an anchor. (Naut.)
(a) A small block of wood, convex on the back, with a hole
to receive the point of the anchor fluke, -- used to
prevent the anchor from tearing the planks of the
vessel when raised or lowered.
(b) A broad, triangular piece of plank placed upon the
fluke to give it a better hold in soft ground.
Shoe block (Naut.), a block with two sheaves, one above the
other, and at right angles to each other.
Shoe bolt, a bolt with a flaring head, for fastening shoes
on sleigh runners.
Shoe pac, a kind of moccasin. See Pac.
Shoe stone, a sharpening stone used by shoemakers and other
workers in leather.