Part of speech: noun

The arched upper part of the human foot.

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Usage examples "instep":

  1. She described the accident, and whipping off the shoe and stocking from the right foot, showed us a red mark which spread from the ankle down over the whole instep." - "The House by the Lock", C. N. Williamson.
  2. Occasionally, too, you catch a provokingly brief glimpse of a high, slender instep, and an ankle modeled to match it. - "Border and Bastille", George A. Lawrence.
  3. A due attention should also be given to the motion of the instep, to the air of sinking and rising; to the position of the hips, shoulders, and body; to the graceful management of the arms, and particularly to the giving the hand with a genteel manner, to the inflections of the neck and head, and especially to the so captivating modesty of the eye; in short, to the diffusing over the whole execution, an air of noble ease, and of natural gracefulness. - "A Treatise on the Art of Dancing", Giovanni-Andrea Gallini.