Definitions for: Footing


[n] a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
[n] a relation that provides the foundation for something; "they were on a friendly footing" or"he worked on an interim basis"
[n] status with respect to the relations between people or groups; "on good terms with her in-laws"; "on a friendly footing"



Webster (1913) Definition: Foot"ing, n.
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Relative condition; state.

Lived on a footing of equality with nobles.
--Macaulay.

4. Tread; step; especially, measured tread.

Hark, I hear the footing of a man. --Shak.

5. The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or
sum total of such a column.

6. The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is
added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking.

7. A narrow cotton lace, without figures.

8. The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly
deprived of oil. --Simmonds.

9. (Arch. & Enging.) The thickened or sloping portion of a
wall, or of an embankment at its foot.

Footing course (Arch.), one of the courses of masonry at
the foot of a wall, broader than the courses above.

To pay one's footing, to pay a fee on first doing anything,
as working at a trade or in a shop. --Wright.

Footing beam, the tie beam of a roof.

Synonyms: basis, foothold, ground, terms

See Also: common ground, foundation, position, status, support, toehold

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