Definition of footing
1 : a stable position or placing of the feet
2 : a surface or its condition with respect to one walking or running on it; especially : the condition of a racetrack
5 : basis
6 : terms of social intercourse
7 : an enlargement at the lower end of a foundation wall, pier, or column to distribute the load
8 : the sum of a column of figures
Examples of footing in a Sentence
He lost his footing and fell down the slope.
Be careful. The footing is slippery there.
Recent Examples of footing from the Web
As Lebowski Fest continues to regain its footing and returns to staging events nationwide, Russell will partner with local mental health organizations in each city to raise money and awareness.
Congress has the ability to better advance America’s national security in several dimensions by increasing defense spending, putting national finances on sounder footing, and moving ahead in a bipartisan way to solve our national problems.
On cliffhanging Forester Pass, the trail’s highest point at 13,200 feet, snow cover makes for precarious footing.
On cliff-hanging Forester Pass, the trail’s highest point at 13,200 feet (4,000 meters), snow cover makes for precarious footing.
The dog jumped onto the barrier at the edge of the park when Cardona saw him lose his footing.
Bowman boys basketball still isn't on firm footing.
But his mother struggled to find her economic footing here, and his childhood was difficult and unsettled, with the family moving often.
Yet the former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general has found solid footing in the hearings, at least among Democrats.
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First Known Use of footing
FOOTING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of footing for English Language Learners
: the ability of your feet to stay where you put them as you walk, run, etc.
: the condition of the ground that makes it easy or hard for your feet to stay where you put them as you walk or run
: the base or foundation on which something is established
FOOTING Defined for Kids
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