[ foot-pleyt ]

  1. Carpentry. a plate running beneath and supporting a row of studs; mudsill.

  2. a platform or special floor area on which workers stand to operate a machine.

Origin of footplate

First recorded in 1840–50; foot + plate1

Words Nearby footplate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use footplate in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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 caught at the rail, mounted the footplate, and swung himself into the cab.

British Dictionary definitions for footplate


/ (ˈfʊtˌpleɪt) /

  1. mainly British

    • a platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the crew stand to operate the controls

    • (as modifier): a footplate man

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