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1 status with respect to the relations between people or groups; "on good terms with her in-laws"; "on a friendly footing" [syn: terms]
2 a relation that provides the foundation for something; "they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis" [syn: basis, ground]
3 a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing [syn: foothold]

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See foot.



  1. A ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on.
    In ascent, every step gained is a footing and help to the next. Holder.
  2. A standing; position; established place; basis for operation; permanent settlement; foothold.
    As soon as he had obtained a footing at court, the charms of his manner . . . made him a favorite. Macaulay.
  3. A relative condition; state.
    Lived on a footing of equality with nobles. Macaulay.
  4. A tread; step; especially, measured tread.
    Hark, I hear the footing of a man. Shakespeare
  5. The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column.
  6. The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking.
  7. A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
  8. The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil. Simmonds.
  9. (Architectural & Engineering) The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot; foundation.
  10. (Accounting) Double checking the numbers vertically.




footing m
  1. jogging (as a form of exercise)




  1. jogging (as a form of exercise), running

Extensive Definition

The word footing has a number of meanings:

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