• 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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  • Horace Walpole
    “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
    “The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.”
  • Marcel Proust
    “People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.”


Back foot - (UK) If you are on your back foot, you are at a disadvantage and forced to be defensive of your position.
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.
Fleet of foot - If someone is fleet of foot, they are very quick.
Foot in mouth - This is used to describe someone who has just said something embarrassing, inappropriate, wrong or stupid.
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.
Foot the bill - The person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.
Friendly footing - When relationships are on a friendly footing, they are going well.
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.
Hot foot - If you hot foot it out of a place, you leave very quickly, often running.
My foot! - This idiom is used to show that you do not believe what someone has just said.
On the right foot - If you start something or set off on the right foot, you get off to a good start.
Put your best foot forward - If you ut your best foot forward, you try your best to do something.
Put your foot down - When someone puts their foot down, they make a firm stand and establish their authority on an issue.
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.
Put your foot in your mouth - If you put your foot in your mouth, you say something stupid or embarrassing.


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


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
Sow in rows one foot apart, and thin to four inches in the rows.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Maybe it's just a quiver of the eyelash, maybe a shuffle of the foot.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Simon stood shifting from foot to foot in the graveled yard before the palace of Pope Urban.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Even now, though he wished they could get back on their old footing, he found himself wondering whether that old footing had been an illusion.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
He swung around and stepped close to Little Foot, holding his pistol less than a foot from the red-turbaned head.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
They was about a foot 'cross and a foot deep.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
He saw the first Wolf at the foot of the ridge; this was Billy Seton.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
The Provost Marshal at Fredericksburg telegraphs that his scouts report the enemy have arrested Mrs. Foote, and threaten to rescue Mr. Foote.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Foot by foot, wellnigh inch by inch, they snaked on, listening and peering for other patrols.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
She's tied me up, hand and foot.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown

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 .

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
The situation is much better for the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model (SK for short), which is of mean-field type, meaning that every spin interacts with any other on equal footing.
On a nonhierarchical version of the Generalized Random Energy Model. II. Ultrametricity
This definition ensues a new setting of global analytic geometry, that is probably not definitive, but has the merit to give one positive and computable answer to the question: “is it possible to treat all places on equality footing”.
Global analytic geometry
The possibility of an unknown interaction of the Pioneer radio signals with the solar wind was considered by Anderson et al. (1998). A hypothetical class of dark matter that would restore the parity symmetry, the so-called mirror matter, has been considered by Foot & Volkas (2001).
The Anomalous Acceleration of the Pioneer Spacecrafts
Having this intricate picture in mind, we believed it would be relevant to treat essentially on the same footing the statistics of sums and of extreme values of random variables, before dealing with the different relationships arising between these fields.
Global fluctuations in physical systems: a subtle interplay between sum and extreme value statistics
In the present review article, we tried to adopt a somehow original perspective by presenting essentially on the same footing different types of convergence theorems, namely those for sums of random variables and those for extremes values.
Global fluctuations in physical systems: a subtle interplay between sum and extreme value statistics
Comparison to other populations Comparison of the SFRGs to the SMGs is of primary importance, since a ma jor goal of the observations is to understand the degree to which SFRGs should be treated on a similar footing to SMGs in models and evolutionary calculations.
Interferometric CO Observations of submillimeter-faint, radio-selected starburst galaxies at z~2
However, we can also compute the average density matrix first, putting us on equal footing with other more conventional models.
A random matrix theory of decoherence
This indicates, that for decoherence we can often use the average density matrix, and thus the RMT models are really on the same footing with usual descriptions.
A random matrix theory of decoherence
Modern physics’, as it stands one century after Einstein’s annus mirabilis, has had the privilege of giving scientific footing and empiric evidence to some insights that philosophers had long ago.
Methods for the Reduction of Three-Loop QCD Form Factors
As such, identifying the strong and prevailing effects can be difficult within a Hamiltonian-modelling approach; on the other hand, all the different mechanisms are taken into account on the same footing within DFT.
First Principles Studies of Multiferroic Materials