WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
foot•rope  (fŏŏtrōp′),USA pronunciation 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.
  • foot + rope 1765–75

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