Meaning of footrope

foot•rope

Pronunciation: (foot'rōp"), [key]
— n. Naut.
  1. the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn.
  2. a rope suspended a few feet beneath a yard, bowsprit, jib boom, or spanker boom to give a footing for a person handling sails.
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