Meaning of “footplate” in the English Dictionary

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"footplate" in British English

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footplatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfʊt.pleɪt/ us /ˈfʊt.pleɪt/

Examples from literature

  • He gazed at the driver and his mate on the footplate. 
  • I put a soldier with fixed bayonet on the footplate to see that the driver held to his post and did not play tricks with the train, and started on our journey. 
  • Kent clambered to the footplate of the smart eight-wheeler. 
  • The engine was about six inches wider than the tender, and the corner of its footplate would not pass the corner of the newly overturned truck. 

(Definition of “footplate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)