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[foo t-rohp] /ˈfʊtˌroʊp/
noun, Nautical
the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn.
a rope suspended a few feet beneath a yard, bowsprit, jib boom, or spanker boom to give a footing for a person handling sails.
Origin of footrope
1765-75; foot + rope Unabridged
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Examples from the web for footrope
  • Raised-footrope trawls can be rigged with or without a chain sweep.
  • The affect of speed through the water on footrope contact of a survey trawl.
  • Near this anchor was a footrope of a trawl net with chafing gear.
  • Differential trip limits have been used for large and small footrope trawl gear throughout the year.
  • The sweep is measured by the length of the footrope that is directly attached to the webbing.
British Dictionary definitions for footrope


noun (nautical)
the part of a boltrope to which the foot of a sail is stitched
a rope fixed so as to hang below a yard to serve as a foothold
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