footing
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈfʊtɪŋ/
Noun

footing

  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.
  2. A standing; position; established place; basis for operation; permanent settlement; foothold.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 2, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  3. A relative condition; state.
    • 1881, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica,_Ninth_Edition/Johnson,_Samuel Samuel Johnson]”, in Encyclopædia Britannica, Ninth Edition:
      Lived on a footing of equality with nobles.
  4. A tread; step; especially, measured tread.
    • c. 1596-1598, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
      Hark, I hear the footing of a man.
  5. (now rare) A footprint or footprints; tracks, someone's trail.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.vii:
      The Monster swift as word, that from her went, / Went forth in hast, and did her footing trace […].
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 38, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      A man must doe as some wilde beasts, which at the entrance of their caves, will have no manner of footing seene.
  6. stability or balance when standing on one's feet
  7. The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column.
    • , Supreme Court, County of New York (p.111)
      The auditing of the accounts, when the defendant was present, was nothing more than the examinings of the footings of the bookkeeper.
  8. The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot
    the footing of a stocking
  9. A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
  10. The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil.
  11. (architecture, engineering) The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot; foundation.
  12. (accounting) Double checking the numbers vertically.
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  1. present participle of foot#English|foot



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