footrope [foo t-rohp] ExamplesWord Origin noun Nautical.
- the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn.
- a rope suspended a few feet beneath a yard, bowsprit, jib boom, or spanker boom to give a footing for a person handling sails.
A footrope ran below the spar; one could balance oneself by its help and he vaguely distinguished somebody close by.
British Dictionary definitions for footrope footrope noun nautical
- the part of a boltrope to which the foot of a sail is stitched
- a rope fixed so as to hang below a yard to serve as a foothold