footplate [foo t-pleyt] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. Carpentry. a plate running beneath and supporting a row of studs; mudsill.
  2. a platform or special floor area on which workers stand to operate a machine.

Origin of footplate First recorded in 1840–50; foot + plate1 Examples from the Web for footplate Historical Examples of footplate

  • He caught at the rail, mounted the footplate, and swung himself into the cab.

    Sergeant Silk the Prairie Scout

    Robert Leighton

  • When he slid back to the footplate his legs were wet to the mid shin.

    The Grafters

    Francis Lynde

  • But again the corner of the footplate jammed with the corner of the truck, and again we came to a jarring halt.

    London to Ladysmith via Pretoria

    Winston Spencer Churchill

  • He could not help thinking how excellent a thing it would be to come home after a grimy run on the footplate.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett

  • British Dictionary definitions for footplate footplate noun

    1. mainly British
      1. a platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the crew stand to operate the controls
      2. (as modifier)a footplate man

    footplate in Medicine footplate [fut′plāt′] n.

    1. base of stapes
    2. pedicel
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