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noun 
  1. A ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on.
In ascent, every step gained is a footing and help to the next. Holder.
  1. A standing; position; established place; basis for operation; permanent settlement; foothold.
As soon as he had obtained a footing at court, the charms of his manner . . . made him a favorite. Macaulay.
  1. A relative condition; state.
Lived on a footing of equality with nobles. Macaulay.
  1. A tread; step; especially, measured tread.
Hark, I hear the footing of a man. w:Shakespeare, Shakespeare
  1. The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column.
  2. The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking.
  3. A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
  4. The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil. Simmonds.
  5. (Architectural & Engineering) The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot; foundation.
Etymology: See foot.


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