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.
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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