footrope [foo t-rohp] ExamplesWord Origin noun Nautical.

  1. the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn.
  2. a rope suspended a few feet beneath a yard, bowsprit, jib boom, or spanker boom to give a footing for a person handling sails.

Origin of footrope First recorded in 1765–75; foot + rope Examples from the Web for footrope Historical Examples of footrope

  • A footrope ran below the spar; one could balance oneself by its help and he vaguely distinguished somebody close by.

    Wyndham’s Pal

    Harold Bindloss

  • British Dictionary definitions for footrope footrope noun nautical

    1. the part of a boltrope to which the foot of a sail is stitched
    2. a rope fixed so as to hang below a yard to serve as a foothold

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