5. The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests; especially: The uppermost part of the blade of a sword, next to the hilt. The part of any tool next the tang or handle; as, the heel of a scythe.
7. 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. A cyma reversa; so called by workmen. Heel chain see heel. Heel ring, a ring for fastening a scythe blade to the snath. Neck and heels, the whole body. To be at the heels of, to pursue closely; to follow hard: as, hungry want is at my heels. To be down at the heel, to be slovenly or in a po 8dd or plight. To be out at the heels, to have on stockings that are worn out; hence, to be shabby, or in a poor plight. To cool the heels. See Cool. To go heels over head, to turn over so as to bring the heels uppermost; hence, to move in a inconsiderate, or rash, manner. To have the heels of, to outrun. To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to imprison. . To show the heels, to flee; to run from. To take to the heels, to flee; to betake to flight. To throw up another's heels, to trip him. To tread upon one's heels, to follow closely.