Definition of footing in English:



  • 1A secure grip with one's feet.

    ‘he suddenly lost his footing’
    • ‘My footing was less than secure, and somehow my ankle, accustomed to the exclusively forward motion of road running, twisted.’
    • ‘Sirka staggered around, trying to make her way out of the hallway and into the family room, when she suddenly lost her footing.’
    • ‘Nobody really wins, one person will eventually lose their footing on the ground and everybody ends up falling.’
    • ‘He almost lots his footing as he walked over a tree root.’
    • ‘They were playing away when a holiday maker lost her footing on the rough ground, tripped and fell, taking out the whole band.’
    • ‘He parked and stepped out of the cab, but the ground was icy and almost immediately he fell to the ground after losing his footing.’
    • ‘To secure my footing I had to pack the snow first by pressing my whole body into the slope, then my knee, and finally my boot.’
    • ‘Alex lost his footing, hit the ground, and rolled to a stop.’
    • ‘Suddenly, as the young woman nears the summit of the tent, her foot slips, and she struggles, desperately, to secure her footing.’
    • ‘‘That seems suitable,’ I said as I began to walk forward, careful of my footing.’
    • ‘Some of the other children in the group described how Rochelle suddenly lost her footing and was taken by the flow.’
    • ‘Once or twice her feet lost their footing, but with a firm grasp of the rope, Charlie was able to regain her balance, and continue downward.’
    • ‘There was no light, and since the tunnel slanted sharply, it was hard to keep one's footing without slipping.’
    • ‘She cried out, stumbled backwards, and clutched at her nose as he regained his grip and his footing.’
    • ‘Her feet made slight shifts as they momentarily lost footing, but she did not stop, did not falter in her forward momentum, heading toward the East River.’
    • ‘Off balance, he rolled to the ground and regained his footing.’
    • ‘Suddenly I lost my footing and I fell on top of him making him fall off the chair.’
    • ‘I ended up walking on the unshovelled areas in order to have a more secure footing.’
    • ‘Losing my footing, my frame of reference changes as the ground comes up to meet me; my mind struggles to understand what is happening.’
    • ‘Check the depth of the step with your foot to confirm your footing for balance on the stairs.’
    • ‘Her grip and footing slipped numerous times but she was able to reach the top.’
    • ‘After a while he glanced down at his trainers to mind his footing over a particularly uneven patch of road.’
    • ‘I waited until I had my footing firmly on the ground and stopped getting thrown against the stall walls.’
    • ‘Spinning the young boy lunged at the mast pole, stifling a cry as he felt his feet lose footing as he was dangling over the dark gaping ocean.’
    • ‘When he regains his footing, he starts walking to the door.’
    • ‘He lost his footing and fell to the ground writhing in pain.’
    • ‘Over the Rhine I found my footing; I gripped the slipping rope; I was rejuvenated; my feet were washed.’
    • ‘Suddenly, and due to a momentary lapse in concentration, I too lost my footing and was swept into the stern locker, just as its lid was conveniently lifted by the water.’
    • ‘He suddenly lost his footing in the slimy mud and fell down to his knees, landing at the feet of the other man.’
    foothold, toehold, hold, grip, anchorage, purchase, secure position, firm contact, support
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  • 2[in singular] The basis on which something is established or operates.

    ‘attempts to establish the shop on a firm financial footing’
    • ‘Similarly, religions have lost their moral footing while their explanatory power now only clashes with our need for rational certainty.’
    • ‘Until this week, they were confident a deal could be done and a new CVA could be drawn-up which would put the club on a secure footing again.’
    • ‘Financial footing is very solid, as indicated by the annual report.’
    • ‘But he was so obviously uncomfortable being there, so uncertain in his intellectual footing that his uneasiness just boiled through.’
    • ‘Neither side succeeded in establishing a firm footing in the first half, as evidenced by the fact that parity obtained on four occasions.’
    • ‘Clearing the CVA debts will go a long way towards towards putting the club on a firmer financial footing.’
    • ‘If that means the financial footing of the club is now in a position where the new guy can get some money, I don't have a problem with that.’
    • ‘The bar established a sound footing for further expansion.’
    • ‘This offers the opportunity to restart the institutions on a firmer footing than we have had before.’
    • ‘Andy has put his life back on a secure footing since being found guilty of espionage by a Greek court, last month.’
    • ‘This goes a huge way towards putting the project on a firm financial footing (no pun intended) and turning it into a reality.’
    • ‘Rationalists see skepticism as something which must be refuted on every count in order to establish a sure footing for absolutely certain knowledge.’
    • ‘It would start as a ‘no-frills’ service and develop once a sound financial footing has been established.’
    • ‘They will be asked by officers to consider transferring the museums and galleries service to a trust but the report says it can only be done when they are on a firm financial footing.’
    • ‘Still, it remained key to the President's political footing.’
    • ‘The Agency now moved into high gear to put the operation on a sound footing.’
    • ‘They figure they will need €500,000 to establish a firm footing in the market, money the company does not have at present.’
    • ‘The programme was launched on a trial basis in late 2003 but is now set to be established on a permanent footing.’
    • ‘But the club is now on a much firmer financial footing and the fans cannot be anything but happy.’
    • ‘Gregory, who is believed to retain about 8% of the equity, said the restructuring of the board would put the company on a firm footing for its next phase of expansion.’
    basis, base, foundation, underpinning, support, cornerstone
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    1. 2.1The position or status of a person in relation to others.
      ‘the suppliers are on an equal footing with the buyers’
      • ‘All we ever wanted was a fair deal and to compete on an equal footing with our European competitors.’
      • ‘It was emphasised that only in those circumstances could the buyer be said to be on an equal footing with his seller in terms of bargaining strength.’
      • ‘Now the right to down a pint has been placed on an equal footing with human rights such as freedom of expression by a Scottish council.’
      • ‘He will also be able to compete on an equal footing with some of the professionals on the circuit, who have already found themselves trailing in his wake on some of the sport's most gruelling courses.’
      • ‘The society is therefore urging the government to place animal welfare on an equal footing with public safety by sanctioning their recommendations.’
      • ‘Think about it, with a new multi-storey car park about to begin and the street being covered it would be on an equal footing with other parts of the town.’
      • ‘They argued it was necessary to put it on an equal footing with major European languages, to reflect Irish identity and culture.’
      • ‘It seems strange to expect the elderly, who have contributed to the education of the young all their working lives, to continue to do so on an equal footing with everyone else.’
      • ‘Foreigners will be able to compete in Chinese industries, from banking to delivery services to retail, on an equal footing with domestic companies.’
      • ‘The centuries old struggle of women to take part in society building on an equal footing with men will once again be focused upon.’
      • ‘It was true for the abolition movement, the efforts to put women on an equal legal footing with men, guaranteeing religious liberties, and so many more.’
      • ‘Formed by Dougall in 1989, the company gives musicians with disabilities the chance to operate on an equal footing to those without.’
      • ‘This work is vital to demonstrate the potential impact of preventing ill health and put it on an equal footing with clinical interventions, which are routinely subject to economic evaluation.’
      • ‘Nor is it multi-polar, because it does not include any great power that stands on an equal footing with the United States.’
      • ‘By then, all customer and geographic restrictions for foreign banks in China will be removed, putting them on an equal footing with Chinese banks.’
      • ‘Earlier, she did not raise any issues before the GP, but now she finds that she can participate on an equal footing with men.’
      • ‘However, I would be interested to hear suggestions as to how the state might put the non-orthodox majority on an equal footing with the orthodox minority.’
      • ‘Putting gay couples on equal footing with straight ones would, it seems to me, mostly just increase the competition for the small supply of adoptable babies.’
      • ‘Art in that era was tacitly defined in terms of creating beauty, and that creation was in turn put on equal footing with efforts at expanding the boundaries of knowledge.’
      • ‘I'm doing this so that our companies can compete on an equal footing with U.S. companies.’
      standing, status, state, station, position, rank, grade
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  • 3The foundations of a wall, usually with a course of brickwork wider than the base of the wall.

    • ‘The footings of the bridge supported the previous walkway and shade structure over the tracks, end were reused to minimize disturbance to the environment.’
    • ‘By June, we had the land cleared and the concrete footings and block walls done.’
    • ‘On or about August 16, 2002 Developments requested a quotation from the plaintiff for footings and foundation walls upon the subject property.’
    • ‘Pier blocks serve as a transition from the posts supporting the girder to the concrete foundation footings.’
    • ‘First, dig the footings and construct the forms for the base.’
    • ‘Stabilization work involved raising the building, leveling it on steel support beams, digging new footings, and bringing the structure up to code.’
    • ‘This process starts with engineered three-dimensional concrete walls joined to footings with rebar.’
    • ‘In addition to saving on material fees, the use of manufactured stone and brick saves on labor costs because it weighs far less than the natural product and requires no footings for support.’
    • ‘Pivoting broad steel plates at the base of the legs eliminate the need for footings; thus little site preparation is necessary.’
    • ‘Foundations consist of spread footings under columns and interior shear walls.’
    • ‘The new second-floor structure rests on existing pier footings, reducing foundation costs.’
    • ‘They played up the contrast between plastered surfaces and the peperino stone in the footings, projecting windowsills, and coping.’
    • ‘The lower stringer end should rest on a concrete beam foundation or on footings below each stringer.’
    • ‘Another of its committees is currently working on similar guidelines for footings, foundation walls, and floor slabs.’
    • ‘The shed ‘floats’ on pier footings, allowing air to circulate beneath it so the room remains dry.’
    • ‘The foundation was a dusty, difficult process with days of labor laying out the footings, then building forms for the concrete.’
    • ‘To shore up the decaying gazebo, they replaced the footings, added tongue-and-groove cedar on the ceiling, and reroofed with cedar shingles.’
    • ‘But because they are some distance away from the older basement walls and footings, there was no shoring of existing foundation required during construction.’
    • ‘Once it is at its destination, the assembly process begins with the alignment of a set of footings, which do not require deep foundations.’
    • ‘It's rare that cities and villages have anything more than a strength requirement for footings, foundations, and flatwork.’