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1. An upright board across the foot of a bedstead.
2. A board or small raised platform on which to support or rest the feet, as in a carriage.


1. (Mechanical Engineering) a treadle or foot-operated lever on a machine
2. (Furniture) a vertical board at the foot of a bed


(ˈfʊtˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd)

1. a board or small platform on which to support the foot or feet.
2. an upright piece across the foot of a bedstead.
3. a treadle.
[1755–65, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.footboard - a narrow platform on which to stand or brace the feetfootboard - a narrow platform on which to stand or brace the feet
platform - a raised horizontal surface; "the speaker mounted the platform"
running board - a narrow footboard serving as a step beneath the doors of some old cars
2.footboard - a vertical board or panel forming the foot of a bedstead
bedframe, bedstead - the framework of a bed
panel - sheet that forms a distinct (usually flat and rectangular) section or component of something


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And all the time she was looking backward to the day, seemingly so long ago, when she sat on the box seat for the first time, her legs dangling in the air, too short to reach the footboard.
Margaret, hearing the noise, rushed out hatless, and was in time to jump on the footboard.
Why did the conductor run along the footboard, why are they shrieking, those young men in that train?
asked the servants, trying to fix a trunk on the narrow footboard behind a carriage.
Rough or smooth,' said Mr Codlin, beating his hand on the little footboard where Punch, when suddenly struck with the symmetry of his legs and their capacity for silk stockings, is accustomed to exhibit them to popular admiration, 'rough or smooth, I won't go further than the mile and a half to-night.
By good conduct, a handsome person and calves, and a grave demeanour, Raggles rose from the knife-board to the footboard of the carriage; from the footboard to the butler's pantry.
There was a rending as of splintered wood--the cord held, but a portion of the footboard of the bed came away.
Wait till you are lying flat on your back at the end of your time," he retorted, jumping off the footboard after the other.
I understand he drives a hackney-coach, though how he does it, unless he stands on the footboard behind, and lies along the roof upon his chest, with his chin in the box, it would be difficult to comprehend.
Barkis, always leaning forward, in his slouching way, on the footboard of the cart with an arm on each knee.
He flicked his whip and climbed the incline, stepping clumsily uphill by the side of the carriage, one hand on the footboard, his eyes on the ground.
Wardle's carriage, which in common humanity had a dickey behind for the fat boy, who, if there had been a footboard instead, would have rolled off and killed himself in his very first nap.