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Text that appears at the bottom of a page that adds explanation. It is often used to give credit to the source of information. When accumulated and printed at the end of a document, they are called "endnotes."



a supplementary printed text; an explanation, source reference, or editor’s comment located at the bottom of a page or column and separated from the main text by a straight line. Footnotes are printed in a smaller type size and are preceded by a sign (a number or asterisk) corresponding to the sign following the statement in the main text that is being elucidated. Footnotes are numbered continuously or by chapter or section.

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The use of different fonts and foot notes enhances the text.
Added topics include thread tactics, needle nuances, tension headaches, stabilizer smarts, foot notes, stitching straight, program mode, and bobbin work, plus highlighted sidebars with special added tips.
This excellent edition (the publishers have allowed the editor foot notes, a rare indulgence) shows us what one gifted writer-critic thought of another.
This book has prolific foot notes and a cited reference section, as well as an afterword, which brings the reader to the present day world of the Seneca Indians of Western New York.
Twenty years ago, when I'd started working, this is how I'd wanted it to be like -- letters on the right- hand- side page and annotations on the left, so that a reader doesn't have to get interrupted by foot notes," said Sundaram.