foot rule



a ruler one foot (30.48 cm) in length.

Origin of foot rule

First recorded in 1720–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for foot rule

Historical Examples of foot rule

  • When you have twisted sufficient yarn to attach to the end of a foot-rule, do so.


    William H. Dooley

  • Morality cannot be weighed in a balance or measured with a foot-rule.

  • They marvelled that the lower half of him could so double up, like a foot-rule.

    Aaron's Rod

    D. H. Lawrence

  • There's a foot-rule in my new joinering box if you'll let me go and fetch it!

    Loyal to the School

    Angela Brazil

  • So, Jeff, I shall want you to bring a hammer and a foot-rule—or whatever it is.

    The Debit Account

    Oliver Onions

British Dictionary definitions for foot rule

foot rule


a rigid measure, one foot in length
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