footboard

noun
foot·​board | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce footboard (audio) \

Definition of footboard

1 : a narrow platform on which to stand or brace the feet
2 : a board forming the foot of a bed

Examples of footboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wooden bed could be made into a bench, with the headboard as the back and the footboard as side components. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2020 While daybeds come in many shapes and sizes, they are typically defined by twin-size mattresses that have frames on three sides of the bed, not just a headboard and footboard like a traditional bed. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, 31 Jan. 2020 In the master bedroom is a matching headboard, footboard, gentleman’s chest and nightstand set made of birdseye maple in the 1930s that the Greenes left behind. oregonlive, 4 Dec. 2019 Ditton held on by jamming her feet into the footboards and wrapping her arms around the cockpit rails. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, 30 Sep. 2019 That’s because beds are relatively simple structures, consisting of just five basic components: a headboard, footboard, two horizontal rails, and wooden slats that span the rails and support the box spring. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2019 Plywood is fine for creating large panels in the headboard or footboard, but choose solid wood for all structural components. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2019 There’s a wheelchair mount on the back of the sidecar, and special footboards that keep my feet in place. A.j. Baime, WSJ, 31 July 2018 Are there angry AIs that only understand mathematical patterns keyed into footboards at a frantic rate? Tasha Robinson, The Verge, 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of footboard

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Footboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/footboard. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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footboard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of footboard

: an upright board at the foot of a bed

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