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footing

[foo t-ing] /ˈfʊt ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the basis or foundation on which anything is established.
2.
the act of one who moves on foot, as in walking or dancing.
3.
a secure and established position.
4.
a place or support for the feet; surface to stand on; foothold.
5.
a firm placing of the feet; stability:
He regained his footing.
6.
Building Trades, Civil Engineering. the part of a foundation bearing directly upon the earth.
7.
position or status assigned to a person, group, etc., in estimation or treatment.
8.
mutual standing; reciprocal relation:
to be on a friendly footing with someone.
9.
entrance into a new position or relationship:
to gain a footing in society.
10.
a fee demanded from a person upon entrance into a trade, society, etc.
11.
the act of adding a foot to something, as to a stocking.
12.
that which is added as a foot.
13.
the act of adding up a column of figures.
14.
the total of such a column.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see foot, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for footings

footing

/ˈfʊtɪŋ/
noun
1.
the basis or foundation on which something is established: the business was on a secure footing
2.
the relationship or status existing between two persons, groups, etc: the two countries were on a friendly footing
3.
a secure grip by or for the feet
4.
the lower part of a foundation of a column, wall, building, etc
5.
(mainly US)
  1. the act of adding a column of figures
  2. the total obtained
6.
(rare) a fee paid upon entrance into a craft, society, etc, or such an entrance itself
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Word Origin and History for footings

footing

n.

"position of the feet on the ground, stance," late 14c., from foot (n.). Figurative meaning "firm or secure position" is from 1580s; that of "condition on which anything is established" is from 1650s.

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