Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A marking stone placed at the foot of a grave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gravestone placed at the foot of a grave; typically smaller than a headstone, and frequently resembling a large cobblestone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The stone at the foot of a grave; -- opposed to headstone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stone placed at the foot of a grave, usually small as compared with the headstone.

Etymologies

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foot +‎ stone

Examples

  • But on the footstone are little scraps of paper that mourners have left, weighted with pebbles.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • Some of them are really interesting headstones, and one of a child had a headstone, a footstone, and an odd globe like cement thing in the middle.

    Wheelchair goth girl molested in cemetery (with friends)

  • Edick was surprised to find the footstone and headstone bearing the initials “M.I.” in excellent condition, further astonished that the distance between the two stones was exactly 56 inches - or roughly Edick's height.

    Spelunking for Ancestors

  • I held out for some time for the addition of a footstone at least.

    Wessex Tales

  • As we were preparing the paperwork, she asked if I wanted a footstone.

    The G.O.D. Experiments

  • It was filled with other graves that were marked just with a headstone and a footstone at the end of the grave.

    CNN Transcript Aug 2, 2005

  • But the grave I was looking for had a big headstone and a footstone and was still quite readable.

    2001-10-27 6:23 p.m.

  • The dwarf™s expression was cool, his large forge-scarred hands moved restlessly over the broad flat rock he™d chosen for the cairn™s footstone.

    Stormblade

  • And then, with a good tall slab at the head, and a footstone six foot away from it, it'll look just as if there was a man underneath.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 25, November, 1859

  • "He that will have eternal riches, let him build the house of his mind on the footstone of lowliness; not on the highest hill where the raging wind of trouble blows, or the rain of measureless anxiety."

    Our Catholic Heritage in English Literature of Pre-Conquest Days

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