[ foot-ing ]
See synonyms for footing on
  1. the basis or foundation on which anything is established.

  2. the act of one who moves on foot, as in walking or dancing.

  1. a secure and established position.

  2. a place or support for the feet; surface to stand on; foothold.

  3. a firm placing of the feet; stability: He regained his footing.

  4. Building Trades, Civil Engineering. the part of a foundation bearing directly upon the earth.

  5. position or status assigned to a person, group, etc., in estimation or treatment.

  6. mutual standing; reciprocal relation: to be on a friendly footing with someone.

  7. entrance into a new position or relationship: to gain a footing in society.

  8. a fee demanded from a person upon entrance into a trade, society, etc.

  9. the act of adding a foot to something, as to a stocking.

  10. that which is added as a foot.

  11. the act of adding up a column of figures.

  12. the total of such a column.

Origin of footing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at foot, -ing1

Words Nearby footing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use footing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for 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

  1. a secure grip by or for the feet

  2. the lower part of a foundation of a column, wall, building, etc

  3. mainly US

    • the act of adding a column of figures

    • the total obtained

  4. rare a fee paid upon entrance into a craft, society, etc, or such an entrance itself

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