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

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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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First Known Use of footing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Jul 2020

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“Footing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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
used to describe the kind of relationship that exists between people, countries, etc. usually used with on


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.
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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