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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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for footplate

Historical Examples of footplate

  • 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 British
  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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

footplate in Medicine




base of stapes
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