Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A marking stone at the foot of a grave.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

foot +‎ stone

Examples

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

    The Fiddler in the Subway

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

    The Fiddler in the Subway

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

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • 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

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

    The G.O.D. Experiments

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

    Wessex Tales

  • 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.

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