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- f.n. (abbreviation)
- A short piece of text, often numbered, placed at the bottom of a printed page, that adds a comment, citation, reference etc, to a designated part of the main text.
- (by extension) An event of lesser importance than some larger event to which it is related.
- a mere footnote in history
- 2012, Martin McQuillan, Political Archive of Paul de Man, page 72:
- If we are another footnote to Plato, Plato was himself already a footnote to still earlier footnotes, in an endless chain of footnotes to footnotes
- 2014, Michael White, "Roll up, roll up! The Amazing Salmond will show a Scotland you won't believe", The Guardian, 8 September 2014:
- In that context Scotland's fate is a modest element, a symptom of wider fragmentation of the current global order, a footnote to the fall of empire and the Berlin Wall, important to us and punchdrunk neighbours like France and Italy, a mere curiosity to emerging titans like Brazil.
- A qualification to the import of something.
event of lesser importance
- To add footnotes to a text.
- Synonym: annotate