Definition of footboard in US English:



  • 1An upright panel forming the foot of a bed.

    • ‘Anne flopped down on the bed, and Jonathan took a more dignified pose, leaning against the footboard.’
    • ‘Andy complained, giving the footboard a knuckle-knock.’
    • ‘White calms the patterns, and brown on the footboard and headboard, as well as the sisal rug, relaxes and grounds the white.’
    • ‘The headboard and footboard were of the same wood as the dresser and nightstand.’
    • ‘The circulating nurse pulls the patient's shoulder straps to minimize shoulder contact with the magnets and adjusts the footboard.’
    • ‘Headboards, footboards, and side rails can be unsafe, especially if a baby is left alone in bed with these trappings.’
    • ‘Anne had crawled over to the footboard of the bed and was resting her chin on the wood, staring at the rug.’
    • ‘His fingers tap impatiently on the footboard of the bed.’
    • ‘Two circulating nurses, working together, placed two footboards at the foot of the OR bed.’
    • ‘After the two padded safety straps are fastened in place, two footboards with gel pad liners are placed at the foot of the OR bed, and covered with sheets.’
    • ‘Then she looked up and laughed as Atlikan fell onto the bed next to her and stretched his long legs out, his feet touching the footboard.’
    • ‘Standing at the foot of his bed, the figures were so tiny that their heads barely poked above the footboard.’
    • ‘It has skillful carving of a lion on the headboard and the footboard.’
    • ‘My bed had a fruity garland carved in the footboard and a half-tester dripping with lace overhead.’
    • ‘There were clothes flopped over the footboard of his bed and a couple motorcycle magazines lying about.’
    • ‘He grasped the gilded footboard and straightened his elbows, such that he hovered over the bed rather than sitting on it.’
    • ‘Haley was propped up against the headboard and James against the footboard both their legs outstretched resting alongside each other's.’
    • ‘His black jacket was hanging over the footboard to his bed, a string tie draped over it, and a white shirt was laid out on the coverlet.’
    • ‘Tanj slept that night in his bed, in his arms, but still chained to the footboard.’
    • ‘Or, more accurately, he was seated on the footboard at the foot of the bed, with his feet on the gray-sheeted mattress.’
  • 2A board serving as a step up to a vehicle such as a train.

    • ‘Many travel on the footboard of buses, just for the heck of it, scaring the conductors all through.’
    • ‘It also discourages the dangerous habit of footboard travelling.’
    • ‘With the footboard just 40 cm high compared to one foot for ordinary buses, senior citizens and disabled can board and alight easily.’
    • ‘With three wheels and dual footboards, it boasts an unusually stable and smooth ride.’
    • ‘Because she is short, my girlfriend found it difficult to reach the footboards and after one 15 km journey she was glad to have a break.’
    • ‘The gear wheel freely rotates over the shaft and the entire unit is fixed under the footboard.’
    • ‘Stepping up on the footboard, he applied gentle pressure to her arm.’
    • ‘They hang from the bus, with half a big toe firmly planted on the footboard, and one hand grappling the handhold meant to help people get in.’
    • ‘Thanks to the jammed system, commuters frequently stand on the footboard with the doors left dangerously open.’
    • ‘A crowded bus with college boys hanging on to the footboard stands next to her.’
    • ‘In the midst of all this, there are BMTC buses loaded with commuters, a good number of them on footboards.’
    • ‘‘Those who habitually travel on the footboard are difficult to handle and sometimes I have to warn them,’ says Sangeetha.’
    • ‘The premise that the lengthening the fleet, be it the city or mofussil buses, would lessen the pressure on the footboards, has just not worked.’
    • ‘Satchel slung across his back, smoothing oiled hair into place, he had just swung up the footboard steps of the 7-30 a.m.’
    • ‘And if you are more adventurous, there are cheaper transport operators who could give you leg space on the tip of the footboard.’
    • ‘Commuters have to travel in trains crammed full to the lowest step of their footboards in morning and evening rush hours.’
    • ‘The worried passenger tried to enter the train only to slip and dangle between the footboard of the bogie and the platform.’
    • ‘Dirt and discomfort apart, there are the eve-teasers and jokers doing their acrobatics on the footboard who stick out as the sore-thumbs.’
    • ‘It was an eye-opener for the constables, when it was pointed out that only the conductor should be booked for allowing passengers to travel on footboards.’