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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n footboard a vertical board or panel forming the foot of a bedstead
    • n footboard a narrow platform on which to stand or brace the feet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Footboard A board forming the foot of a bedstead.
    • Footboard A board or narrow platfrom upon which one may stand or brace his feet
    • Footboard A treadle.
    • Footboard The foot-rest of a coachman's box.
    • Footboard The platform for the engineer and fireman of a locomotive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n footboard A support for the foot, as in a boat or carriage, or at a workman's bench.
    • n footboard An upright piece across the foot of a bedstead.
    • n footboard The platform on which the driver and fireman of a locomotive engine stand; a foot-plate.
    • n footboard A small platform at the back of a carriage on which the footman stands.
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In literature:

Malcolm was on one footboard, Malinkoff by the side of the chauffeur on the other.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
Bend up the points at each end for head and footboards, and there is your bed.
"Little Folks' Handy Book" by Lina Beard
The pain kept griping him, so that he rode leaning down with his face pointed at the footboard.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
Suddenly he remembered the cane that his chum had leaned against the footboard a few hours earlier.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
"Punch or the London Charivari, October 20, 1920" by Various
Oh, please feel fer the footboard with yer toe!
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
The porter who was piloting M. Etienne Rambert, set the baggage he was carrying down on the footboard of a first-class carriage.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
Then the great engine snorted, and he sprang down from the vestibule footboard as the train rolled out.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
Amos glared wildly from his bloodshot eyes when a monkey seemed to leap on the footboard.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
He made a desperate dash to get on the footboard again, but I prevented him, and in turn was compelled to fire.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
Doubling up his huge fist, he drove it into the footboard with tremendous force.
"The Boy Allies with the Cossacks" by Clair W. Hayes
So he slipped from his seat to the footboard below, and ducked his head.
"The Boy Scout and Other Stories for Boys" by Richard Harding Davis
It came to him as he held himself in place on two inches of the footboard of a crowded open car.
"The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories" by Charles Weathers Bump
Kirk, his search completed, sat down on the edge of the bed's footboard and totaled up what he had learned.
"Twelve Times Zero" by Howard Carleton Browne
A man was climbing up the footboard from the line.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
Sollers, barely conscious, lay wedged between the tank and the footboard.
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman
I put my violin in between my coat and waistcoat, sat down full of thought upon the footboard, and fell asleep.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
A porter sprang on to the footboard as he let down the window.
"Cursed by a Fortune" by George Manville Fenn
Then the conductor would jump on the footboard, and the vehicle would start on its way again.
"Sentimental Education Vol 1" by Gustave Flaubert
The fuel used is gasoline, stored in a three-gallon tank under the footboard.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn

In news:

I've had this footboard leaning in my garage for ages, and the other day I saw beyond it's form - to function.
New uses for old footboards .
A toddler died early Friday morning when officials say he rolled off a bed at his grandparents ' Star Valley home and got lodged between the mattress and footboard.
Matress Firm sells: Mattresses, Bed frames, Pillows, Headboards, Footboards.
Includes Headboard, Footboard, Side Rails, Dresser with Mirror, Nightstand and TV ready Armoire.
Solid Oak Queen Bed Set includes Headboard, Footboard, Side Rails, Dresser with Mirror, Nightstand and TV ready Armoire.