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foot

Definitions

  • A Twenty-Five Foot Saw used for Crosscutting Big Logs
    A Twenty-Five Foot Saw used for Crosscutting Big Logs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v foot add a column of numbers
    • v foot walk "let's hoof it to the disco"
    • v foot pay for something "pick up the tab","pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages","foot the bill"
    • n foot travel by walking "he followed on foot","the swiftest of foot"
    • n foot the pedal extremity of vertebrates other than human beings
    • n foot any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates
    • n foot a support resembling a pedal extremity "one foot of the chair was on the carpet"
    • n foot lowest support of a structure "it was built on a base of solid rock","he stood at the foot of the tower"
    • n foot the part of the leg of a human being below the ankle joint "his bare feet projected from his trousers","armored from head to foot"
    • n foot (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
    • n foot an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot "there came ten thousand horsemen and as many fully-armed foot"
    • n foot the lower part of anything "curled up on the foot of the bed","the foot of the page","the foot of the list","the foot of the mountain"
    • n foot a member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger
    • n foot a linear unit of length equal to 12 inches or a third of a yard "he is six feet tall"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two-Foot Rule. Two Fold Two-Foot Rule. Two Fold
Woman at foot of stairs Woman at foot of stairs
Brought his Gun Down on the Man's Foot 065 Brought his Gun Down on the Man's Foot 065
Detail of the Foot Warmer Detail of the Foot Warmer
Pinocchio Gets His Foot Caught in a Trap Pinocchio Gets His Foot Caught in a Trap
Measuring the length of the foot Measuring the length of the foot
Measuring the ball of the foot Measuring the ball of the foot
Checking the measurement of the last around the ball of the foot Checking the measurement of the last around the ball of the foot

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women are four times more likely to have foot problems than men
    • Foot (Pros) A combination of syllables consisting a metrical element of a verse, the syllables being formerly distinguished by their quantity or length, but in modern poetry by the accent.
    • Foot A measure of length equivalent to twelve inches; one third of a yard. See Yard.
    • Foot Fundamental principle; basis; plan; -- used only in the singular. "Answer directly upon the foot of dry reason."
    • Foot Recognized condition; rank; footing; -- used only in the singular. "As to his being on the foot of a servant."
    • Foot (Mil) Soldiers who march and fight on foot; the infantry, usually designated as the foot, in distinction from the cavalry. "Both horse and foot ."
    • Foot That which corresponds to the foot of a man or animal; as, the foot of a table; the foot of a stocking.
    • Foot (Naut) The lower edge of a sail.
    • Foot The lowest part or base; the ground part; the bottom, as of a mountain, column, or page; also, the last of a row or series; the end or extremity, esp. if associated with inferiority; as, the foot of a hill; the foot of the procession; the foot of a class; the foot of the bed; ; the foot of the page. "And now at foot Of heaven's ascent they lift their feet."
    • Foot (Zoöl) The muscular locomotive organ of a mollusk. It is a median organ arising from the ventral region of body, often in the form of a flat disk, as in snails. See Illust. of Buccinum.
    • Foot (Anat) The terminal part of the leg of man or an animal; esp., the part below the ankle or wrist; that part of an animal upon which it rests when standing, or moves. See Manus, and Pes.
    • Foot To kick with the foot; to spurn.
    • Foot To renew the foot of, as of a stocking. "If you are for a merry jaunt, I'll try, for once, who can foot it farthest."
    • Foot To seize or strike with the talon.
    • Foot To set on foot; to establish; to land. "What confederacy have you with the traitors
      Late footed in the kingdom?"
    • Foot To sum up, as the numbers in a column; -- sometimes with up; as, to footor foot up) an account.
    • Foot To tread to measure or music; to dance; to trip; to skip.
    • Foot To tread; as, to foot the green.
    • Foot To walk; -- opposed to ride or fly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The big toe is the foot reflexology pressure point for the head
    • n foot In man and other vertebrate animals, the terminal part of the leg, upon which the body rests in standing; one of the pedal extremities.
    • n foot In man the feet are the terminal segments of the posterior limbs, corresponding to the hands or the anterior extremities, and extending from the ankle-joint or tibiotarsal articulation to the end of the toes. The foot is divided into three parts, the tarsus or ankle, the metatarsus or instep, and the phalanges, digits, or toes. It contains 26 bones: namely, 7 tarsals, the astragalus, calcaneum, scaphoid, cuboid, and 3 cuneiform bones; 5 metatarsals; and 14 phalanges, 3 to each of the digits except the great toe, which has 2. The axis of the foot is at right angles with that of the leg, and the whole sole rests upon the ground. The principal muscles acting upon the foot are the anterior and posterior tibial, the three peroneal, the gastrocnemii and soleus, and the flexors and extensors of the toes. In many mammals the structure of the foot is much the same as in man, especially in those which are plantigrade; but the term is extended usually to the corresponding segment of the fore limb. In digitigrade mammals which walk upon the toes, as cats and dogs, or upon the ends of the toes, as in hoofed quadrupeds, the foot, properly speaking, extends up the limb: thus, in the horse, for example, the feet reach up to the hock of the hind limb and the so-called knee of the fore limb (see cut under perissodactyl); but in popular language foot is restricted to the phalangeal part of foot, which rests on the ground in walking. In birds the foot is properly the whole of the hind limb up to the tibiotarsal joint, commonly but wrongly called the knee, and includes the tarsometatarsus and toes; but it is popularly restricted to the toes alone. In reptiles and batrachians which have limbs, the foot is the terminal segment of either fore or hind limb, as in other vertebrates. The hind foot is technically called the pes.
    • n foot In invertebrate animals, some part serving the purpose of a foot. In mollusks, any surface or part of the body upon which the animal rests or moves. It is often extensile or protrusible, as in gastropods, and is technically called the podium. See cuts under Helicidœ and Lamellibranchiata.
    • n foot Milit., soldiers who march and fight on foot; infantry as distinguished from cavalry: used collectively for foot-soldiers: as, a regiment of foot; the Tenth (regiment of) foot.
    • n foot Something which bears a resemblance to an animal's foot in shape, or in its office as a support or base, or in its position as a terminus or lowest part.
    • n foot Specifically— The part of a stocking or boot which receives the foot.
    • n foot A mechanical contrivance acting like the foot of a man in the propulsion of automatic machines.
    • n foot The lower part of the leg of a chair or any other support or shaft.
    • n foot The lowest part or foundation; the part opposite to the head or top; the bottom; also, the last of a row or series: as, the foot of a mountain, of a column, or of a class.
    • n foot A blow with the foot.
    • n foot The concluding refrain or burden of a song.
    • n foot Footing; basis; principle: used only in the singular.
    • n foot Regular or normal value or price; par.
    • n foot A unit of length, originally the length of a man's foot. Abbreviated ft. The English foot (in use in the United States) contains 12 inches, and is equal to 30.48 centimeters. It seems to have slightly lengthened since the time of Henry VII. The feet in use in different European countries before the introduction of the metric system varied from 9 to 21 English inches. The ancient Roman foot is known from a number of extant standards to have been equal to 11.65 English inches. Other ancient feet are of uncertain length, even when their existence is not in doubt; especially, there is at present much dispute concerning the Attic foot. (See geometrical foot, below.) The following table gives the prevalent opinions concerning the lengths of the ancient feet and well-determined values of the more important modern units of this name, all expressed in English inches:
    • n foot A foot of grindstone was formerly 8 inches.
    • n foot [In this sense foot was formerly, and still is dialectally, often used for the plural, as well as in idiomatic combinations like a three-foot reflector, an 8-foot stop.
    • n foot In prosody, a group of syllables, of which one is distinguished above the others, which are relatively less marked in enunciation; a section of a rhythmical series consisting of a thesis and an arsis. The Greeks first gave the name foot (πούς) to the group of times marked by and coincident with one rise and one fall of the human foot in dancing or in beating time. The time or syllable marked alike by the ictus or stress of voice, and by the beat of foot or hand in marking time, they accordingly called the thesis (θεσις) or ‘setting down’ (of the foot), and the remaining interval before or after this the arsis (α%27ρσις) or ‘raising’ (of the foot). Many Latin and modern writers have introduced great confusion into metrical nomenclature by directly interchanging the meaning of the words arsis and thesis. (See arsis.) An uninterrupted succession of feet constitutes a colon or series, and the name line or verse is given to a colon, cola, or period, if written in one line. In accentual poetry, as in English, and other modern languages in which the syllabic accent is chiefly a stress of the voice, the rhythmical ictus regularly coincides with the syllabic accent, and the relative length of time taken in pronouncing a syllable is almost entirely disregarded. In the poetry of the Greeks, Romans, Hindus, and other nations in whose languages the syllabic accent was chiefly a matter of tone or pitch, quantity—that is, the length of time taken in pronouncing each syllable—determined the rhythm. In Greek and Roman rhythmics and metrics a unit of time is assumed, called a primary or fundamental time or mora, or specifically a time, and this is regarded as the ordinary or normal short (marked ⌣), and expressed in verbal composition by a short syllable. The ordinary or normal long (marked –) is equal to two times or moræ, and is expressed by a long syllable. Metrical classification of such feet is based either on metrical magnitude—that is, on the length of the foot as measured in moræ or times, each long being reckoned as two shorts—or on the pedal ratio—that is, the proportion of the number of times in the thesis to that in the arsis.
    • n foot In music:
    • n foot A drone-bass.
    • n foot A chorus or refrain; a burden.
    • n foot In organ-building: The part of a pipe below its mouth. A measure or name used in denoting the pitch of stops. The standard of reference is the length of an open pipe belonging to the second C below middle C. A unison stop is called an 8-foot stop, because in this case the pipe is about 8 feet long. Similarly, an octave stop is called a 4-foot stop; a double or suboctave stop, a 16-foot stop, etc. (See stop.) The usage has been extended to the designation of the pitch of particular tones and of instruments. Thus, the second C below middle C is called 8-foot C, and all the tones in the octave above it 8-foot tones, or tones in the 8-foot octave, while the first C below middle C is called 4-foot C, etc. Thus, also, the piccolo is called a 4-foot instrument, because its tones are an octave above the notes written.
    • n foot The commercial name for one of the small plates of tortoise-shell which line the carapace: commonly used in the plural.
    • n foot One of the small marginal plates of the upper shell of the hawkbill turtle. Also called nose.
    • n foot Sediment: same as foots.
    • n foot In Crustacea, the swimming-feet or abdominal appendages.
    • n foot In health or activity; able to go about.
    • n foot In progress; going on.
    • n foot To appear to the best advantage; make as good an appearance or impression as possible; use one's most effective resources; do one's very best.
    • foot To go on foot; walk.
    • foot To tread to measure or music; dance; skip.
    • foot In falconry, to seize the game with the talons and kill it.
    • foot To amount to; sum up: as, their purchases footed up pretty high.
    • foot To tread with the feet, as in walking; traverse on foot; pass over by walking: as, to foot the green; to foot the whole distance.
    • foot To strike with the foot; kick; spurn.
    • foot To fix firmly on the feet; set up; settle; establish.
    • foot To seize with the foot or feet, or paws or talons.
    • foot To add or make a foot to: as, to foot a stocking or boot.
    • foot To add, as the numbers in a column, and set the sum at the foot: generally with up: as, to foot up an account.
    • foot To pay; liquidate: as, to foot the bill.
    • foot To dance.
    • n foot Nautical: The lower edge of a sail.
    • n foot The part of a mast near the deck.
    • n foot In botany, one of various organs of attachment. A petiole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At sea level there are 2,000 pounds of air pressure on each square foot of your body area.
    • n Foot foot that part of its body on which an animal stands or walks (having in man 26 bones): the lower part or base: a measure=12 in., (orig.) the length of a man's foot: foot-soldiers: a division of a line of poetry
    • v.i Foot to dance: to walk:—pr.p. foot′ing; pa.p. foot′ed
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Quotations

  • Horace Walpole
    Horace%20Walpole
    “Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “Pale death with an impartial foot knocks at the hovels of the poor and the palaces of king.”
  • Martin Luther
    Martin%20Luther
    “Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    Robert%20Green%20Ingersoll
    “I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    Publilius%20Syrus
    “You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.”
  • Marcel Proust
    Marcel%20Proust
    “People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.”

Idioms

Back foot - (UK) If you are on your back foot, you are at a disadvantage and forced to be defensive of your position.
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Boot is on the other foot - When the boot's on the other foot, a person who was in a position of weakness is now in a position of strength.
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Fleet of foot - If someone is fleet of foot, they are very quick.
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Foot in mouth - This is used to describe someone who has just said something embarrassing, inappropriate, wrong or stupid.
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Foot in the door - If you have or get your foot in the door, you start working in a company or organisation at a low level, hoping that you will be able to progress from there.
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Foot the bill - The person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.
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Friendly footing - When relationships are on a friendly footing, they are going well.
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Have a foot in both camps - Someone who plays a part or who is involved in two different groups of people, opinions, ways of thinking or living, etc, has a foot in both camps.
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Hot foot - If you hot foot it out of a place, you leave very quickly, often running.
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My foot! - This idiom is used to show that you do not believe what someone has just said.
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On the right foot - If you start something or set off on the right foot, you get off to a good start.
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Put your best foot forward - If you ut your best foot forward, you try your best to do something.
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Put your foot down - When someone puts their foot down, they make a firm stand and establish their authority on an issue.
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Put your foot in it - If you put your foot in it, you do or say something embarrassing and tactless or get yourself into trouble.
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Put your foot in your mouth - If you put your foot in your mouth, you say something stupid or embarrassing.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet,. AS. fōt, pl. fēt,; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. fōtr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. fōtus, L. pes, Gr. poy`s, Skr. pād, Icel. fet, step, pace measure of a foot, feta, to step, find one's way. √77, 250. Cf. Antipodes Cap-a-pie Expedient Fet to fetch, Fetlock Fetter Pawn a piece in chess, Pedal

Usage

In literature:

Foot by foot Marcel moved out, always thrusting his trophy ahead of him.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Brer Rabbit gedder up his foots und' 'im, en he dance outer dat gyardin, en he dance home.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Deerfoot can travel better on foot than any other way.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
After going about an hundred yards or so, he stopped at the foot of a certain tree.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Lowering the watch to the floor of the car, she shoved it forward with her foot.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
It rushed in this morning, ten foot deep.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
They could only have been left by a foot which came from the cellar!
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
The water may have been but a foot or two deep, but of course he could gain no footing.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
As Henry crossed it he distinctly saw the impression of a moccasined foot in the soft soil of the bank.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A foul foot maks a fu' wame.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Brer Rabbit gedder up his foots und' 'im, en he dance outer dat gyardin, en he dance home.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
He slipped a foot from the stirrup and held it out as a foot-rest for Reeves.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Foot by foot the boat crept round the fringing surf at the base of the bluffs.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The change on the right foot is similarly executed, the command march being given as the left foot strikes the ground.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
They are made of carved wood, and are of pyramidal shape; about a foot high and a foot broad at the base.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
We raced down that long hill, my feet seeming hardly to touch the ground, and struck a level, sandy stretch at the foot of it.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
We followed the Kuti River at the foot of the mountain range.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
He had a golden shoe on each foot, and why was this?
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
It was formed on foot, horses not having yet been furnished.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Next morning, pushing the wheel slowly, I headed for the most remote ranch in the region, that lay at the foot of Long's Peak.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
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In poetry:

We met--he was a stranger,
His foot was free to roam;
I was a simple maiden,
Who had never left my home.
"First Love" by Nora Pembroke
Mountains!
I whip my swift horse, glued to my saddle.
I turn my head startled,
The sky is three foot above me!
"Three Short Poems" by Mao Zedong
He was a huge and heavy man,
Well over six foot high,
An old slouch hat was on his head,
And murder in his eye.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
They saw the wind light-footing
The waters into sheen;
They saw the starlight kiss to sleep
The blossoms on the green.
"Under The Rose" by Madison Julius Cawein
The sun, that rising, saw him lord
Of hill and valley round,
Beheld him, at his setting hour,
Without one foot of ground.
"A Tale" by John Logan
Lightly kiss and lightly pass
Ere the sleeping Love shall wake;
Nimble-footed, lean and take
Blossoms from a blind morass.
"Don Juan Sings" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

A small stage, three simple platforms propped up on short 4x4 legs, stood at the foot of the 40-foot-high Morrison Memorial Column in Duncan Plaza outside New Orleans City Hall on Sunday, Dec 10.
The difference between Darton College's old student center and its new $19 million, 63,000-square-foot addition to the existing 30,000-square-foot building was stark.
An Auto-Drive feature drives the spike into the bottom with three successive hits MSRP is $1,299 for the 6-foot-4-inch spike model, and $1,449 with an 8-foot-4-inch spike.
In fact, that's how we move forward in the first place -- we learn to walk by balancing on one foot until we can put the other foot in place without falling down.
The owner spent about 1½ years upgrading this New Mexico property, which includes a 4,900-square-foot main house with four bedrooms and a 600-square-foot guest house.
For a second straight day, receiver Sidney Rice (foot), safety Kam Chancellor (groin), Marcus Trufant (hamstring) and Red Bryant (foot) did not practice, as the team worked outside this afternoon.
Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote, late playwright Foote's three-play collection about the intimate daily encounters in small-town America, officially opened Off-Broadway Aug 14 under the direction of Tony Award nominee Pam MacKinnon.
Hunters may place any type of bait, no more than two gallons at a time, across a 10-foot by 10-foot area per hunting location.
Gelband's house, at the foot of Flagstaff Mountain near the west end of College Avenue, made headlines a few weeks ago when he installed a 53-foot-long blue metal box on his property.
A 270-foot-long, 39-foot-wide ship named Yokamu made its way from Miami to Orange Beach on Friday as the ship's owner, a company called Reefmaker, continues to search for a spot to sink the vessel offshore.
The Rockettes, some 500 applied last spring, come from different backgrounds - some are Broadway dancers, some are Pilates instructors - but they must stand between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-101/2.
The Rockettes, some 500 applied last spring, come from different backgrounds -- some are Broadway dancers, some are Pilates instructors -- but they must stand 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-10å.
A towed 37-foot Intrepid lets charter guests of the 135-foot Christensen Atlantica enjoy scuba in style.
Producer Says He Didn't Rip Off Lil Wayne '6 Foot, 7 Foot' Beat.
Completed in 2002, the 318-foot-high, 2500-foot-long Olivenhain Dam near San Diego is North America's tallest roller -compacted concrete dam.
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In science:

An interesting experiment mentioned by Pashler involves the simultaneous tasks of doing an IQ test and giving a foot response to a rapidly presented sequences of tones of either 2000 or 250 Hz.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Moreover, there is a tendency in physics to put the space on equal footing with matter fields.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
In order to account for both effects on equal footing, a singular gauge transformation similar to that of Ref. was implemented in Ref..
Planar Dirac fermions in long-range-correlated random vector potential
The modified spin-wave method allows us to treat the high and low temperature regimes on equal footing, and in particular, address the crossover between these two regimes.
Modified spin-wave study of random antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic spin chains
Let ℓℓ(rx ) be the leg length of rx and define resO (rx ) = resO (fx ) where fx is the foot node of rx .
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
These differences naturally result from the fact that Σ and ˙Γ are treated on a different footing in equation (1).
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
There is obviously a great need for investing also significant resources in improving the modelling aspects in order to place the findings on firmer footing.
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
Moreover, it enables one to describe odd and even variables (e.g., classical fields, ghosts, ghosts-for-ghosts and antifields in BRST theory) on the same footing.
Lagrangian symmetries and supersymmetries depending on derivatives. Global analysis
For generic realizations, observability and controllability are not on the same footing and consequently this leads to further ambiguity.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
On a more rigorous footing, it is easy to see that in our case Pann (α) is proportional to Λ(α)n .
Random k-SAT: Two Moments Suffice to Cross a Sharp Threshold
In section III, we use a CB theory which puts spin and charge sector on the same footing to study the BLQH.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
The advantage of CB approach is that it also keeps the charge + sector explicitly, therefore treat the QH effects in the charge sector and the inter-layer phase coherence in the spin sector at the same footing.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
The theory puts the ESF state and the PSDW state on the same footing, characterize the symmetry breaking patterns in the two states by corresponding order parameters and describe the universality class of the quantum phase transition between the two states.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
The theory puts spin and charge degree freedoms in the same footing, explicitly brought out the spin-charge connection in a straightforward way and classified all the possible excitations in a systematic way.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
Also time and space are treated on an equal footing as coordinates in relativistic physics.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
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