foot·​ing | \ ˈfu̇-tiŋ How to pronounce footing (audio) \

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

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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First Known Use of footing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Footing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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foot·​ing | \ ˈfu̇-tiŋ How to pronounce footing (audio) \

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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