Footing

Foot"ing

, n. 1. Ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on.
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In ascent, every step gained is a footing and help to the next.
Holder.
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2. Standing; position; established place; basis for operation; permanent settlement; foothold.
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As soon as he had obtained a footing at court, the charms of his manner . . . made him a favorite.
Macaulay.
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3. Relative condition; state.
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Lived on a footing of equality with nobles.
Macaulay.
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4. Tread; step; especially, measured tread.
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Hark, I hear the footing of a man.
Shak.
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5. The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column.
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6. The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking.
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7. A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
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8. The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil. Simmonds.
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9. (Arch. & Enging.) The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot.
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Footing course (Arch.), one of the courses of masonry at the foot of a wall, broader than the courses above. -- To pay one's footing, to pay a fee on first doing anything, as working at a trade or in a shop. Wright. -- Footing beam, the tie beam of a roof.
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