footing

Definitions

  • A Twenty-Five Foot Saw used for Crosscutting Big Logs
    A Twenty-Five Foot Saw used for Crosscutting Big Logs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n footing a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
    • n footing a relation that provides the foundation for something "they were on a friendly footing","he worked on an interim basis"
    • n footing status with respect to the relations between people or groups "on good terms with her in-laws","on a friendly footing"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two-Foot Rule. Two Fold Two-Foot Rule. Two Fold
Woman at foot of stairs Woman at foot of stairs
Brought his Gun Down on the Man's Foot 065 Brought his Gun Down on the Man's Foot 065
Detail of the Foot Warmer Detail of the Foot Warmer
Pinocchio Gets His Foot Caught in a Trap Pinocchio Gets His Foot Caught in a Trap
Measuring the length of the foot Measuring the length of the foot
Measuring the ball of the foot Measuring the ball of the foot
Checking the measurement of the last around the ball of the foot Checking the measurement of the last around the ball of the foot

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women are four times more likely to have foot problems than men
    • Footing A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
    • Footing 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."
    • Footing Relative condition; state. "Lived on a footing of equality with nobles."
    • Footing 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."
    • Footing The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column.
    • Footing The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking.
    • Footing The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil.
    • Footing (Arch. & Enging) The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot.
    • Footing Tread; step; especially, measured tread. "Hark, I hear the footing of a man."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Before the 984 foot high Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. was the tallest building in the world at 555 feet.
    • n footing Walk; tread; step; footstep.
    • n footing Dance; rhythmical tread.
    • n footing Track; footprint.
    • n footing Place for the foot; ground to stand on.
    • n footing Hence Established place; secure position; foothold.
    • n footing Basis; foundation.
    • n footing Mutual standing; reciprocal relation: as, a friendly footing.
    • n footing The act of putting a foot to anything, or that which is added as a foot.
    • n footing The act of adding up a column of figures, or the amount of such a column.
    • n footing A narrow piece of netting or the like, having two parallel edges, used in women's dress as a basis upon which a scalloped or other ornamental edging can be sewed.
    • n footing The straight edge of a piece of lace which is sewed to a garment, as distinguished from the scalloped edge, which is left free.
    • n footing The finer detached fragments of whale-blubber, not wholly deprived of oil.
    • n footing In architecture, a spreading course at the base or foundation of a wall.
    • n footing The lower division of the slope of an embankment exposed to the sea.
    • n footing A piece of wood inserted in the shaftment of an arrow at the nock.
    • n footing An entertainment given on entering a school, or any new place or office.
    • n footing In archery: A piece of hard wood or other material placed at the forward end of an arrow to give weight and serve for the attachment of the head; foreshaft.
    • n footing The position of an archer in shooting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every time the moon's gravity causes a ten-foot tide at sea, all the continents on earth rise at least six inches.
    • Footing place for the foot to rest on: firm foundation: position: settlement: tread: dance: plain cotton lace
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Quotations

  • Horace Walpole
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    “Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.”
  • Antonio Porchia
    Antonio Porchia
    “Certainties are arrived at only on foot.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
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    “I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.”
  • Publilius Syrus
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    “You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.”
  • Marcel Proust
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    “People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.”

Idioms

Back foot - (UK) If you are on your back foot, you are at a disadvantage and forced to be defensive of your position.
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Boot is on the other foot - When the boot's on the other foot, a person who was in a position of weakness is now in a position of strength.
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Fleet of foot - If someone is fleet of foot, they are very quick.
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Foot in mouth - This is used to describe someone who has just said something embarrassing, inappropriate, wrong or stupid.
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Foot in the door - If you have or get your foot in the door, you start working in a company or organisation at a low level, hoping that you will be able to progress from there.
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Foot the bill - The person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.
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Friendly footing - When relationships are on a friendly footing, they are going well.
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Have a foot in both camps - Someone who plays a part or who is involved in two different groups of people, opinions, ways of thinking or living, etc, has a foot in both camps.
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Hot foot - If you hot foot it out of a place, you leave very quickly, often running.
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My foot! - This idiom is used to show that you do not believe what someone has just said.
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On the right foot - If you start something or set off on the right foot, you get off to a good start.
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Put your best foot forward - If you ut your best foot forward, you try your best to do something.
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Put your foot down - When someone puts their foot down, they make a firm stand and establish their authority on an issue.
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Put your foot in it - If you put your foot in it, you do or say something embarrassing and tactless or get yourself into trouble.
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Put your foot in your mouth - If you put your foot in your mouth, you say something stupid or embarrassing.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fót, pl. fét; Ger. fuss, L. pes, pedis, Gr. pous, podos, Sans. pād.

Usage

In literature:

Losing their footing they came tumbling to the foot of the bluff, knocking a number of the other cattle back into the water.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
The boy, in terrible distress of mind, tried to unloose the cords which bound his grandfather hand and foot.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
The gun mules sank to their girths in the snow and, even then, were unable to obtain a footing.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
The band halts at the foot of the statue of Frederick William III.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
I am a Baptist from head to foot, yes sir, yes sir.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
He held it up, a two-foot ball of palpitating gray-white membrane.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
Thus we did not even set foot on Spanish soil.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Big foot nigger and he six foot high.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
To cut off a diseased foot or ankle is easy, and soon done.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Some of them are over a foot long.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
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In poetry:

"That ere my captaine fought on foote,
And I stood looking on:
You bee two erles," sayd Witherington,
"And I a squier alone.
"The More Modern Ballad of Chevy Chace" by Anonymous British
"To Learmont's name no foot of earth
Shall here again belong,
And, on thy hospitable hearth,
The hare shall leave her young.
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott
Those waves that bend in golden spray,
As if thy foot they bore:
I think I know thee, Lord, to-day,
Shall know thee evermore.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
One foot on shadowy waters,
One foot on the earthly shore;
He swears to the shrinking mortal,
That his time shall be no more.
"A Legend Of Buckingham Village" by Nora Pembroke
"O wha will shoe my fu' fair foot?
And wha will glove my hand?
And wha will lace my middle jimp,
Wi' the new-made London band?
"Love Gregor; Or, The Lass Of Lochroyan" by Andrew Lang
The sound, without a pause between,
Of foot, and wheel, and hoof ;
The manufacture's loud machine
From yonder lengthened roof.
"A Town" by Jane Taylor

In news:

The size of McDermott (6-foot-7, 240 pounds), Hill (6-foot-10, 240) and sophomore Jonathan Kale (6-foot-8, 250) was just too much inside.
The foot-and-a-half long bird hurt its foot, and they are currently rehabilitating it until it is fit to be released into the wild.
In this photo provided by the Everglades National Park, the carcass of a six-foot alligator is shown protruding from the mid-section of a 13-foot Burmese python.
The 7,000-square foot home sits on a 95-foot high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.
In exchange, the Sixers receive 6-foot-9 big man Darius Songaila and 6-foot-10 power forward Craig Brackins.
Flaming the fear, the cadre cites a 7,000-square-foot house on an 8,000-square-foot lot.
While playing with her kids in a corn kernel pit, a woman's new diamond ring slipped off her finger and into a 60-foot by 60-foot pit of corn kernels .
A 16,000-square-foot Pottery Barn store and a 13,000-square-foot duplex Williams-Sonoma Grande Cuisine opened last month at 127 East 59th Street.
Dark bay, almost black, star with strip, small snip on lip, white hind foot with some white on other hind foot, 15.3h.
"On a linoleum or hardwood floor, stand in pre- lunge position (with your right foot in front of you, and your left foot behind you), placing your back foot on top of a towel," Smith tells Us.
A beagle named Brandi somehow managed to survive a 70-foot fall -- yes, a 70-foot fall -- from a New Jersey bridge.
On Wednesday said that it signed an eight-year lease on a 26,000-square-foot building adjacent to its current 44,000-square-foot facility in Monrovia .
This 1,300-square-foot trailer will be replaced by a 10,000-square-foot facility if the patient load remains steady or increases over the next year.
The 8-foot-by-50-foot mural captures the essence of Vegas by depicting a line of dancing showgirls .
Extra-high presser foot lift that allows for thick fabrics to be placed easily under the presser foot .
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In science:

Kaplansky’s description (irrelevant to us at the moment except for the fact that A, B and C are on equal footing) of what we now identify as osp(4|2; α), a parametric family of deforms of osp(4|2), made an S3 -symmetry of the parameter manifest (to A. A.
Classification of Finite Dimensional Modular Lie Superalgebras with Indecomposable Cartan Matrix
With reference to the last statement, we draw attention to the fact that, the prescription to identify µ with µ∞ amounts to a treatment of insulating N -particle GSs on the same footing as metallic N -particle GSs.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
An aging phenomenon involving the generalized Arcsine law is proved using the localization of the walk at the foot of “valleys” of height log t.
Aging and quenched localization for one-dimensional random walks in random environment in the sub-ballistic regime
Indeed the discovery of the semiclassical Hawking radiation effect put black hole thermodynamics on a firm theoretical footing and directly established the relationship between the surface gravity and the temperature.
Dynamical surface gravity
As appears clearly in Eq. (28), for this value of m all clusters are treated on an equal footing and the dominant contribution comes from the most numerous clusters, independently of their sizes.
A review of the Statistical Mechanics approach to Random Optimization Problems
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