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1A piece of footwear. In early use also: †a piece of armour for a person's foot (obsolete). rare.
2That part of something which serves as a support for the foot or feet.
3Originally: a curtain for the foot of a bed. In later use: the footboard or end section of a bed.
4That which serves as a base or support for something; the lowest or bottom part of something.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Cotgrave (fl. 1587–?1630), lexicographer. From foot + piece.
foot piece/ˈfʊt piːs/
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