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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shoe
Senses
  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, . . . your shoe untied." [Shak.]"Spare none but such as go in clouted shoon." [Shak.]
  2. Anything resembling a shoe in form, position, or use.
    1. A plate or rim of iron nailed to the hoof of an animal to defend it from injury.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. The part of an automobile or railroad car brake which presses upon the wheel to retard its motion.
    5. [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 building.
    6. [Milling]
      The trough or spout for conveying the grain from the hopper to the eye of the millstone.
    7. An inclined trough in an ore-crushing mill.
    8. An iron socket or plate to take the thrust of a strut or rafter.
    9. An iron socket to protect the point of a wooden pile.
    10. [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.
  3. The outer cover or tread of a pneumatic tire, esp. for an automobile.

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.

Etymology: OE. sho scho, AS. scōh sceóh; akin to OFries. skō, OS. skōh, D. schoe schoen, G. schuh, OHG. scuoh, Icel. skōr, Dan. & Sw. sko, Goth. skōhs; of unknown origin

verb Shoe
Senses
  1. To furnish with a shoe or shoes; to put a shoe or shoes on; as, to shoe a horse, a sled, an anchor.
  2. To protect or ornament with something which serves the purpose of a shoe; to tip."The sharp and small end of the billiard stick, which is shod with brass or silver." [Evelyn.]

Etymology: AS. sc�ian sce�ian. See Shoe (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel's rotation
  2. U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof
  3. Footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
  4. (card games) a case from which playing cards are dealt one at a time
  5. Furnish with shoes ("the children were well shoed")
Wiktionary

From Middle English shoo, from Old English sċōh (“shoe”), from Proto-Germanic *skōhaz (“shoe", literally "covering”) (compare Scots shae, West Frisian skoech, Low German Schoh, Dutch schoen, German Schuh, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish sko), from Proto-Indo-European *skewk- (compare Tocharian B skāk (“balcony”)), from *(s)kew- (“to cover”). More at sky.

  1. A protective covering for the foot, with a bottom part composed of thick leather or plastic sole and often a thicker heel, and a softer upper part made of leather or synthetic material. Shoes generally do not extend above the ankle, as opposed to boots, which do.
    Get your on now, or you'll be late for school.
  2. A piece of metal designed to be attached to a horse's foot as a means of protection; a horseshoe.
    Throw the from behind the line, and try to get it to land circling (a ringer) or touching the far stake.
  3. (card games) A device for holding multiple decks of playing cards, allowing more games to be played by reducing the time between shuffles.
  4. Something resembling a shoe in form, position, or function, such as a brake shoe.
    Remember to turn the rotors when replacing the brake , or they will wear out unevenly.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. The part of a railroad car brake which presses upon the wheel to retard its motion.
    4. (architecture) 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 building.
    5. A trough or spout for conveying grain from the hopper to the eye of the millstone.
    6. An inclined trough in an ore-crushing mill.
    7. An iron socket or plate to take the thrust of a strut or rafter.
    8. An iron socket to protect the point of a wooden pile.
    9. (engineering) 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.
    10. Part of a current collector on electric trains which provides contact either with a live rail or an overhead wire (fitted to a pantograph in the latter case).
  5. The outer cover or tread of a pneumatic tire, especially for an automobile.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shoe U.S.
  White 92.38% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

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People with the last name Shoe are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Shoe

  • How Popular is the name Shoe? As a last name Shoe was the 25,975th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Shoe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Shoe is Tuesday, January 7th, 1908.
  • How unique is the name Shoe? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Shoe. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Shoe: Your name in reverse order is Eohs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eohs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shoe? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 945 people with the last name Shoe.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shoe? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shoe as their last name since less than 1 person in 313k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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