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footnote

[foo t-noht] /ˈfʊtˌnoʊt/
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 of footnote
1835-1845
1835-45; foot + note
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footnote

/ˈfʊtˌnəʊt/
noun
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
verb
3.
(transitive) to supply (a page, book, etc) with footnotes
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Word Origin and History for footnote
n.

1841, from foot (n.) + note (n.). So called from its original position at the foot of a page. Also sometimes formerly Bottom note. As a verb, from 1864. Related: Footnoted; footnoting.

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