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.

1765–75; foot + rope Unabridged
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footrope (ˈfʊtˌrəʊp)
1.  the part of a boltrope to which the foot of a sail is stitched
2.  a rope fixed so as to hang below a yard to serve as a foothold

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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.
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