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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
1835-1845
1835-45; foot + note
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Examples for footnotes
  • As a general practice, give the references in parenthesis or in footnotes, not in the body of the sentence.
  • The primary author index encourages tracing the evolution of quotations over time via thousands of hyperlinked footnotes.
  • The chances are good that you'll find it, probably buried deep in the footnotes.
  • So are scholarly footnotes, with their numbered links between the main body of the text and supplementary scholarship.
  • In all the articles, the interesting things are either in the throwaway comments at the end or in footnotes.
  • Where there is scholarly uncertainty, this is usually indicated by the footnotes.
  • The time and frustration required to access an e-book's footnotes and then click back to the text is absolutely maddening.
  • Her habit of accuracy provides running footnotes to the autobiography her husband likes to tell.
  • But no worries--old recipes have plenty of footnotes here.
  • My theory was no longer a theory, but indisputable facts complete with footnotes.
British Dictionary definitions for footnotes

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 footnotes

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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