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foot rule

noun
1.
a ruler one foot (30.48 cm) in length.
Origin of foot rule
1720-1730
First recorded in 1720-30
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Examples from the Web for foot rule
Historical Examples
  • It does not apply a foot rule to nature, but gives the impression made on the mind and heart by the scene.

    Nineteenth Century Questions James Freeman Clarke
  • There was that grand old colonel of ours with a foot rule held in one hand and a map in the other.

  • A two foot rule; the end a may be termed the incident ray, and the end d the reflected ray.

    The Boy's Playbook of Science John Henry Pepper
  • You get a foot rule and measure yourself; 70 inches high, 14 inches in diameter at the equator, ratio 5:2.

    Major Prophets of To-Day Edwin E. Slosson
  • Our belief in human nature is a foot rule, by which we may be accurately measured ourselves.

    Diana Tempest, Volume I (of 3)

    Mary Cholmondeley
  • Balance a foot rule, containing a hole at its middle point F, as shown in Figure 97.

    General Science Bertha M. Clark
  • He found Harry measuring with his foot rule a box for one of his finest paintings.

    The Measure of a Man Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • In measuring cloth, the distance from the elbow to the fingers is employed as we would use a foot rule or a yardstick.

  • Anton took a foot rule from his pocket and measured the kite rapidly.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men

    Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
  • The next day take a foot rule and a sharp pencil and mark the clay sheet into bricks, two inches long by an inch wide.

British Dictionary definitions for foot rule

foot rule

noun
1.
a rigid measure, one foot in length
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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