the basis or foundation on which anything is established.
the act of one who moves on foot, as in walking or dancing.
a secure and established position.
a place or support for the feet; surface to stand on; foothold.
a firm placing of the feet; stability: He regained his footing.
Building Trades, Civil Engineering. the part of a foundation bearing directly upon the earth.
position or status assigned to a person, group, etc., in estimation or treatment.
mutual standing; reciprocal relation: to be on a friendly footing with someone.
entrance into a new position or relationship: to gain a footing in society.
a fee demanded from a person upon entrance into a trade, society, etc.
the act of adding a foot to something, as to a stocking.
that which is added as a foot.
the act of adding up a column of figures.
the total of such a column.

1350–1400; Middle English; see foot, -ing1 Unabridged
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footing (ˈfʊtɪŋ)
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.  chiefly (US)
 a.  the act of adding a column of figures
 b.  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 & History

"position, stance," originally from archery (1545), from foot.
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Medical Dictionary

foot (fut)
n. pl. feet (fēt)

  1. The lower extremity of the vertebrate leg that is in direct contact with the ground in standing or walking.

  2. A unit of length in the U.S. Customary and British Imperial systems equal to 12 inches (30.48 centimeters).

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foot   (ft)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural feet (fēt)
A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to 1/3 of a yard or 12 inches (30.48 centimeters). See Table at measurement.
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