footnote

[foot-noht]
noun
1.
an explanatory or documenting note or comment at the bottom of a page, referring to a specific part of the text on the page.
2.
a minor or tangential comment or event added or subordinated to a main statement or more important event.
verb (used with object), footnoted, footnoting.
3.
to add a footnote or footnotes to (a text, statement, etc.); annotate: to footnote a dissertation.

Origin:
1835–45; foot + note

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footnote (ˈfʊtˌnəʊt)
 
n
1.  a note printed at the bottom of a page, to which attention is drawn by means of a reference mark in the body of the text
2.  an additional comment, as to a main statement
 
vb
3.  (tr) to supply (a page, book, etc) with footnotes

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footnote
1841, from foot + note.
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Example sentences
On the other hand, as some commentators have astutely pointed out, the footnote
  is not the be-all and end-all.
Thanks for a great article, and the five books on languages recommended in the
  footnote.
The attentive reader of the accounts has only an obscure footnote to go by.
It is unlikely that solar- or wind-energy will ever be more than an expensive
  footnote to our energy history.
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