[foo t-rohp]
noun Nautical.
  1. the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn.
  2. a rope suspended a few feet beneath a yard, bowsprit, jib boom, or spanker boom to give a footing for a person handling sails.

Origin of footrope

First recorded in 1765–75; foot + rope Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for footrope

Historical Examples of footrope

  • A footrope ran below the spar; one could balance oneself by its help and he vaguely distinguished somebody close by.

    Wyndham's Pal

    Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for footrope


noun nautical
  1. the part of a boltrope to which the foot of a sail is stitched
  2. a rope fixed so as to hang below a yard to serve as a foothold
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