Definition of Footing

1. Noun. Status with respect to the relations between people or groups. "On a friendly footing"

Exact synonyms: Terms
Generic synonyms: Position, Status

2. Noun. A relation that provides the foundation for something. "He worked on an interim basis"
Exact synonyms: Basis, Ground
Generic synonyms: Foundation
Specialized synonyms: Common Ground

3. Noun. A place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing.
Exact synonyms: Foothold
Generic synonyms: Support
Specialized synonyms: Toehold

Definition of Footing

1. n. Ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on.

Definition of Footing

1. Noun. A ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on. ¹

2. Noun. A standing; position; established place; basis for operation; permanent settlement; foothold. ¹

3. Noun. A relative condition; state. ¹

4. Noun. A tread; step; especially, measured tread. ¹

5. Noun. (rare) A footprint or footprints; tracks, someone's trail. ¹

6. Noun. stability or balance when standing on one's feet ¹

7. Noun. The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column. ¹

8. Noun. The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking. ¹

9. Noun. A narrow cotton lace, without figures. ¹

10. Noun. The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil. Simmonds. ¹

11. Noun. (architecture engineering) The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot; foundation. ¹

12. Noun. (accounting) Double checking the numbers vertically. ¹

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Definition of Footing

1. a foothold [n -S] - See also: foothold

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Footing

foothill abortion
footing (current term)
footle about
footle around
footle away

Literary usage of Footing

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1. The Architects' and Builders' Handbook: Data for Architects, Structural by Frank Eugene Kidder (1921)
"It is evident that i and fast line can be drawn between the two classes. Whatever the form footing is it must be strong enough to distribute the more or ..."

2. The Law of Nations; Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel (1863)
"Consequently all things not mentioned in the treaty are to remain on the same footing on which they stand at the pt-ri< •>! when it is concluded. ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... which is applied to the policy of a state that treats all the religions within its borders as being on an equal footing before the law of the country. ..."

4. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"... No longer shall I be on a like footing in point of honour among the immortal gods '. y 141] oí ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Henry Brougham Brougham and Vaux, John Leach (1835)
"... thus placing debts and legacies upon the same footing; but he cannot by a will duly executed reserve to himself a power to charge his real estate, ..."

6. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"... and their private property shall be protected, and the commerce of the colony shall be placed upon a more advantageous footing than during the last war. ..."

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