underpinning

[ uhn-der-pin-ing ]
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noun
  1. a system of supports beneath a wall or the like.

  2. Often underpinnings. a foundation or basis: to uncover the emotional underpinnings of an illness.

  1. underpinnings, Informal.

    • underwear, especially women's underwear.

    • the legs.

Origin of underpinning

1
First recorded in 1480–90; under + pin + -ing1

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British Dictionary definitions for underpinning

underpinning

/ (ˈʌndəˌpɪnɪŋ) /


noun
  1. a structure of masonry, concrete, etc, placed beneath a wall to provide support

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