footing

noun
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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Take your time and be extra careful with your footing. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "14 Essential Hiking Safety Tips You Should Always Follow," 10 May 2019 Shortly into his journey, the man lost his footing and slipped into the caldera. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Turns Out You Can Fall 70 Feet Into Kīlauea Volcano and Survive," 3 May 2019 This 1983 classic, which swept the Oscars the following year, follows a mother and daughter (played by the impeccable Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger) each finding their footing in love. Seventeen, "20 Mother's Day Movies to Watch With Your Mom," 11 Apr. 2019 During the 162-game regular season, teams of a certain quality tend to find their footing regardless of the particulars of their approach. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The Yankees’ Biggest Strength May Be Its Greatest Weakness," 10 Apr. 2018 England is on a wartime footing, if the stockpiles of goods in warehouses are any indication. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Shipping Fueling Up; Britain is Hoarding; Tesla Deliveries Stall," 5 Apr. 2019 This will be familiar to anyone who has tried to walk on a fast-moving train and needed to find steady footing as the train wobbled from side to side. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble," 30 Oct. 2018 At this year’s awards show, the streaming studios finally reached equal footing with their network and cable peers. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Netflix finally beats HBO in Primetime Emmy wins at this year’s awards," 18 Sep. 2018 Details first emerged from Moody’s Investors Service, with reports on I-4 Mobility’s financial footing. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Interstate 4 builder's claim: 8-month delay and $100 million over budget," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of footing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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footing

noun

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

footing

noun
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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