(n.) A long pole or spar, run out for the purpose of extending the bottom of a particular sail; as, the jib boom, the studding-sail boom, etc.
(n.) A long spar or beam, projecting from the mast of a derrick, from the outer end of which the body to be lifted is suspended.
(n.) A pole with a conspicuous top, set up to mark the channel in a river or harbor.
(n.) A strong chain cable, or line of spars bound together, extended across a river or the mouth of a harbor, to obstruct navigation or passage.
(n.) A line of connected floating timbers stretched across a river, or inclosing an area of water, to keep saw logs, etc., from floating away.
(n.) A hollow roar, as of waves or cannon; also, the hollow cry of the bittern; a booming.
(n.) A strong and extensive advance, with more or less noisy excitement; -- applied colloquially or humorously to market prices, the demand for stocks or commodities and to political chances of aspirants to office; as, a boom in the stock market; a boom in coffee.
(v. i.) To cry with a hollow note; to make a hollow sound, as the bittern, and some insects.
(v. i.) To make a hollow sound, as of waves or cannon.
(v. i.) To rush with violence and noise, as a ship under a press of sail, before a free wind.
(v. i.) To have a rapid growth in market value or in popular favor; to go on rushingly.
(v. t.) To extend, or push, with a boom or pole; as, to boom out a sail; to boom off a boat.
(v. t.) To cause to advance rapidly in price; as, to boom railroad or mining shares; to create a "boom" for; as to boom Mr. C. for senator.
(n.) What is fed upon; that which goes to support life by being received within, and assimilated by, the organism of an animal or a plant; nutriment; aliment; especially, what is eaten by animals for nourishment.
(n.) Anything that instructs the intellect, excites the feelings, or molds habits of character; that which nourishes.
(n.) The terminal part of the leg of man or an animal; esp., the part below the ankle or wrist; that part of an animal upon which it rests when standing, or moves. See Manus, and Pes.
(n.) The muscular locomotive organ of a mollusk. It is a median organ arising from the ventral region of body, often in the form of a flat disk, as in snails. See Illust. of Buccinum.
(n.) That which corresponds to the foot of a man or animal; as, the foot of a table; the foot of a stocking.
(n.) The lowest part or base; the ground part; the bottom, as of a mountain or column; also, the last of a row or series; the end or extremity, esp. if associated with inferiority; as, the foot of a hill; the foot of the procession; the foot of a class; the foot of the bed.
(n.) Fundamental principle; basis; plan; -- used only in the singular.
(n.) Recognized condition; rank; footing; -- used only in the singular.
(n.) A measure of length equivalent to twelve inches; one third of a yard. See Yard.
(n.) Soldiers who march and fight on foot; the infantry, usually designated as the foot, in distinction from the cavalry.
(n.) A combination of syllables consisting a metrical element of a verse, the syllables being formerly distinguished by their quantity or length, but in modern poetry by the accent.
(n.) The lower edge of a sail.
(v. i.) To tread to measure or music; to dance; to trip; to skip.
(v. i.) To walk; -- opposed to ride or fly.
(v. t.) To kick with the foot; to spurn.
(v. t.) To set on foot; to establish; to land.
(v. t.) To tread; as, to foot the green.
(v. t.) To sum up, as the numbers in a column; -- sometimes with up; as, to foot (or foot up) an account.
(adv.) Well, -- especially in the phrase as good, with a following as expressed or implied; equally well with as much advantage or as little harm as possible.
(n.) That which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.; -- opposed to evil.
(n.) Advancement of interest or happiness; welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit; -- opposed to harm, etc.
(n.) Wares; commodities; chattels; -- formerly used in the singular in a collective sense. In law, a comprehensive name for almost all personal property as distinguished from land or real property.
(superl.) Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to answer the end designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness; serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable; commendable; not bad, corrupt, evil, noxious, offensive, or troublesome, etc.
(superl.) Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; -- said of persons or actions.
(superl.) Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; -- often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto.
(superl.) Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; -- followed especially by for.
(superl.) Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; -- followed especially by at.
(superl.) Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound; not fallacious; valid; in a commercial sense, to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; having pecuniary ability; of unimpaired credit.
(superl.) Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth.
(superl.) Not small, insignificant, or of no account; considerable; esp., in the phrases a good deal, a good way, a good degree, a good share or part, etc.
(superl.) Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.
(superl.) Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good repute, etc.