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[foo t-pleyt] /ˈfʊtˌpleɪt/
Carpentry. a plate running beneath and supporting a row of studs; mudsill.
a platform or special floor area on which workers stand to operate a machine.
Origin of footplate
First recorded in 1840-50; foot + plate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for footplate
Historical Examples
  • He caught at the rail, mounted the footplate, and swung himself into the cab.

  • 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


(mainly Brit)
  1. a platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the crew stand to operate the controls
  2. (as modifier): a footplate man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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footplate in Medicine

footplate foot·plate (fut'plāt')

  1. See base of stapes.

  2. See pedicel.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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