footing

noun foot·ing \ ˈfu̇-tiŋ \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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
4 a : 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

  1. He lost his footing and fell down the slope.

  2. Be careful. The footing is slippery there.

Recent Examples of footing from the Web

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First Known Use of footing

14th century



FOOTING Defined for English Language Learners

footing

noun

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

footing

noun foot·ing \ ˈfu̇-tiŋ \

Definition of footing for Students

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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