foot·ing | \ˈfu̇-tiŋ \

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

3 : the act of moving on foot : step, tread

4a : a place or position providing a base of operations : foothold

b : established position : status especially : position or rank in relation to others they all started off on an equal footing

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

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Examples of footing in a Sentence

He lost his footing and fell down the slope. Be careful. The footing is slippery there.

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Park rangers initially responded to reports of a visitor, later identified as Privin, who had lost his footing after climbing over a railing at a lookout area near Mather Point, park officials said. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Buffalo Grove man dies after falling at Grand Canyon National Park," 9 July 2018 Musgrove walked Reds right fielder Scott Schebler and gave up a bunt single to Peraza, losing his footing on the bunt toward the mound. Bobby Nightengale,, "Billy Hamilton's defense, 3 runs lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Pittsburgh Pirates," 17 June 2018 The program appears to be on solid footing with plenty of experienced players on the roster along with solid work on the recruiting trails. Matt Murschel,, "Steady Kansas State is No. 44 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 14 July 2018 Park officials said the rangers initially responded to reports that a visitor, who was later identified as Privin, had lost his footing after climbing over a railing at a viewpoint near Mather Point. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Illinois man dies in 500-foot fall at Grand Canyon days before starting his dream job as nurse," 10 July 2018 On Wednesday, July 3, rangers responded to reports that a visitor had climbed over a railing at Mather Point, then lost footing and fell approximately 500 feet, according to a press release from the National Park Service. Stephanie Petit,, "Illinois Man, 24, Dies from Fall at Grand Canyon Just Days Before Starting Career as a Nurse," 10 July 2018 But Chris Burkard has solid footing on the railing. Serena Renner, Outside Online, "The Wild Life of Instagram Star Chris Burkard," 2 July 2018 Deiter lost his footing and fell off the trailer, which then rolled over him. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "Tractor-trailer driver, 52, killed in Paulding County neighborhood," 27 June 2018 San Diego startup incubator EvoNexus has switched up its business model in hopes of putting itself on more solid financial footing over the long haul. Mike Freeman,, "No more free launch: San Diego incubator EvoNexus to ask for equity in startups for first time," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of footing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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on an equal footing

on firm ground/footing

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English Language Learners Definition of footing

: 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


foot·ing | \ˈfu̇-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of footing

1 : a firm position or placing of the feet I lost my footing and slipped.

2 : foothold

3 : position as compared to others We all started on the same footing.

4 : social relationship We're on a good footing with our neighbors.

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