from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The metal plate which forms the base platform of a steam locomotive, particularly in the UK, which supports the boiler and the engineer's cab.
  • n. The engineer's cab in any kind of train.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See footboard (a).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A carriage-step.
  • n. The platform on which the engineer and fireman of a locomotive engine stand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the engineer stands to operate the controls


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  • The 120 year-old Footplate steam locomotive is named for its large metal footplate, which is full width of the locomotive and extends all the way from the front buffer beam to the back buffer beam.

  • While the boot offers great heel and ankle support, the footplate feels too flexible and the upper too flimsy for extended trips with a 40-pound pack.

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  • But the thick footplate had one unforeseen advantage: On uphill hauls the stiffness actually lends a spring-like feeling, flexing just enough to give you the impression that you're being propelled upwards.

    Wired Top Stories

  • WIRED Thick footplate offers springy sensation on ascents.

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  • I had wedged a block of wood under the footplate so I could hold a steady course, but it kept shifting under the pressure of my foot.

    Rowing the ATLANTIC

  • As my boat drifted out between the lines of moored yachts, I strapped my feet onto the footplate and grasped the textured rubber grips of the oars.

    Rowing the ATLANTIC

  • I fussed around, making a few last-minute adjustments to the footplate.

    Rowing the ATLANTIC

  • Working in the study and regularly pausing to feed the stove another log is like working on the footplate of a steam locomotive.


  • I worked at it like a stoker on the footplate of a steam engine and resolved one day to build myself a wood-fired sauna, even making a few soggy drawings of the plan and elevation.


  • Here you see me cleaning my hand and bandaging it, with Thomas in the dominant spot under the wheelchair string, with the other large black cat, and now poor Jasper is playing with the footplate and the outside of the wheelchair.

    Archive 2009-07-01


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