foot·​board | \ˈfu̇t-ˌbȯrd \

Definition of footboard 

1 : a narrow platform on which to stand or brace the feet

2 : a board forming the foot of a bed

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The head tube bolts to the folding mechanism (7): A quick release (8) frees a pin to slide over a groove, so the front tube can fold and lock into place parallel to the footboard (9) for stowage on the go. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How an Electric Scooter Works," 1 May 2018 The footboard is milled from one piece of aluminum, like a MacBook. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How an Electric Scooter Works," 1 May 2018 As the motor uses energy, the level of charge in the battery is indicated by four LEDs embedded in the footboard. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How an Electric Scooter Works," 1 May 2018 Berkey & Gay, a delightful Grand Rapids, Mich., factory, featured its walnut and oak beds with a burled veneer that echoed the tall headboards and lowered footboards of the Victorian influence. Ann Norman,, "Exhibitions highlighted Victorian influences on American design: Yenke Peddler antiques," 8 Mar. 2018 The monitor can detect the difference between a horizontal patient patting the footboard of the bed or a vertical patient aiming to stand. Anne Saker,, "How can we prevent falls? Hospitals could find an answer in Cincy-designed 'smart' socks," 8 Dec. 2017 The rug's engaging diamond pattern anchors the woody tones and echoes the X design in the bed's footboard. Carolyn Weber, ELLE Decor, "Big On Comfort," 5 July 2012 There were scratches on the bed's footboard, which had moved 6 inches from the wall. Marc Lester, Alaska Dispatch News, "‘Mom, Dad, there’s a bear in my room’: A broken window, a dark figure beside the bed," 30 June 2017 After purchasing his own freedom in 1826, Boyd invented a corded bed created with wooden rails connected to the headboard and footboard. Shontavia Johnson, Smithsonian, "With Patents or Without, Black Inventors Reshaped American Industry," 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of footboard

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of footboard

: an upright board at the foot of a bed

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