(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"


From or , compare with Danish , German , Gothic .


  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 shoes 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 shoe from behind the line, and try to get it to land circling (a ringer) or touching the far stake.
  3. Something resembling a shoe by function, like a brake shoe.
    Remember to turn the rotors when replacing the brake shoes, or they will wear out unevenly.



  1. To equip an object with a protection against wear.
    The billiard cue stick was shod in silver.


  1. To put horseshoes on a horse.
    • 1874Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd, chapter XXXII
      "Old Jimmy Harris only shoed her last week, and I'd swear to his make among ten thousand."