- A ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on.
Etymology: See foot.
- In ascent, every step gained is a footing and help to the next. Holder.
- 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.
- A relative condition; state.
- Lived on a footing of equality with nobles. Macaulay.
- A tread; step; especially, measured tread.
- Hark, I hear the footing of a man. w:Shakespeare, Shakespeare
- The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column.
- The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking.
- A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
- The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil. Simmonds.
- (Architectural & Engineering) The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot; foundation.
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