spade foot


spade foot
\\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ noun
: a terminal enlargement of the straight square furniture leg especially of the late 18th century that sweeps outward in an abrupt curve on each side and then gradually tapers downward — see foot illustration

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Furniture.
a square foot, tapering toward its bottom.
[1890-95]

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spade foot noun
A rectangular, spade-shaped furniture foot
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Main Entry:spade

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spade foot,
a kind of tapered enlargement of the leg of a piece of furniture, common especially in Hepplewhite.
spade|foot «SPAYD FUT», noun, plural -foots. Also, spadefoot toad.
any one of a large group of toads of Europe, northern Africa, southern Asia, and North America that can burrow or dig deep holes quickly by means of a spadelike projection on the side of the foot.

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n. a square enlargement at the end of a chair leg

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • spade foot — Furniture. a square foot, tapering toward its bottom. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

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  • spade toad — Spadefoot Spade foot (sp[=a]d f[oo^]t ), n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of burrowing toads of the genus {Scaphiopus}, esp. {Scaphiopus Holbrookii}, of the Eastern United States; called also {spade toad}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • spade — spade1 spadelike, adj. spader, n. /spayd/, n., v., spaded, spading. n. 1. a tool for digging, having an iron blade adapted for pressing into the ground with the foot and a long handle commonly with a grip or crosspiece at the top, and with the… …   Universalium

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