- the basis or foundation on which something is established: the business was on a secure footing
- the relationship or status existing between two persons, groups, etc: the two countries were on a friendly footing
- a secure grip by or for the feet
- the lower part of a foundation of a column, wall, building, etc
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- the basis or foundation on which anything is established:[countable; usually singular]firm economic footing.
- a firm placing of the feet;
stability:[uncountable]to regain one's footing.
- position or status assigned to a person, group, etc.;
mutual standing:[countable; usually singular]on a friendly footing with the boss.
- the basis or foundation on which anything is established.
- the act of one who moves on foot, as in walking or dancing.
- a secure and established position.
- a place or support for the feet;
surface to stand on;
- a firm placing of the feet;
stability:He regained his footing.
- Building, Civil Engineeringthe part of a foundation bearing directly upon the earth.
- position or status assigned to a person, group, etc., in estimation or treatment.
- mutual standing;
reciprocal relation:to be on a friendly footing with someone.
- entrance into a new position or relationship:to gain a footing in society.
- Businessa fee demanded from a person upon entrance into a trade, society, etc.
- the act of adding a foot to something, as to a stocking.
- that which is added as a foot.
- the act of adding up a column of figures.
- the total of such a column.
- 1350–1400; Middle English; see foot, -ing1
- Zoology[countable] the end of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves.
- Weights and Measures[countable] a unit of length equal to 12 inches or 30.48 centimeters.
- any part or thing resembling a foot, as in function, placement, or shape:[countable]the foot of a couch; the foot of a stocking.
- the lowest part, or bottom, such as of a hill, ladder, or page:[countable; usually singular]the foot of the mountain.
- the part of anything opposite the top or head:[countable; usually singular]Her cat slept at the foot of her bed.
v. [~ + object]
- to pay or settle:Who will foot the bill?
adj. [before a noun]
- moving on foot:a foot soldier.
- operating by using the foot or feet:a foot brake.
- drag one's feet, to delay unnecessarily.
- Idiomsfoot it, [~ + it] to walk;
go on foot:We'll have to foot it home.
- Idiomsget off on the right (or wrong ) foot, to begin well (or badly):I got off on the wrong foot by arriving late.
- Idiomson foot, by walking or running:to travel on foot.
- on one's feet:
- standing:The crowd was on their feet cheering.
- in a good, healthy, or advantageous position:Glad you're on your feet again after your illness.
- Idiomsput one's foot down, [no object] to take a firm stand:She put her foot down and didn't allow the children to watch television.
- Idiomsput one's foot in one's mouth or put one's foot in it, [no obj] to say something tactless.
- Idiomsset foot on or in, [~ + object] to enter:Don't set foot in this office again!
- Idiomsunder foot, in the way:That cat is always under foot.
foots for 20;
- Zoology(in vertebrates) the terminal part of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves.
- Zoology(in invertebrates) any part similar in position or function.
- Zoologysuch a part considered as the organ of locomotion.
- Weights and Measuresa unit of length, originally derived from the length of the human foot. It is divided into 12 inches and equal to 30.48 centimeters. Abbr.: ft., f.
- Militaryfoot soldiers;
- walking or running motion;
pace:swift of foot.
- quality or character of movement or motion;
- any part or thing resembling a foot, as in function, placement, shape, etc.
- Furniturea shaped or ornamented feature terminating a leg at its lower part.
- Furnitureany of several short legs supporting a central shaft, as of a pedestal table.
- a rim, flange, or flaring part, often distinctively treated, serving as a base for a table furnishing or utensil, as a glass, teapot, or candlestick.
- Clothingthe part of a stocking, sock, etc., covering the foot.
- the lowest part, or bottom, of anything, as of a hill, ladder, page, etc.
- a supporting part;
- the part of anything opposite the top or head:He waited patiently at the foot of the checkout line.
- the end of a bed, grave, etc., toward which the feet are placed:Put the blanket at the foot of the bed, please.
- Printingthe part of the type body that forms the sides of the groove, at the base. See diag. under type.
- the last, as of a series.
- that which is written at the bottom, as the total of an account.
- [Pros.]a group of syllables constituting a metrical unit of a verse.
- Usually, foots.
- sediment or dregs.
- Nautical, Naval Termsthe lower edge of a sail.
- Idiomsget off on the right or wrong foot, to begin favorably or unfavorably:He got off on the wrong foot with a tactless remark about his audience.
- Idiomsget or have a or one's foot in the door, to succeed in achieving an initial stage or step.
- have one foot in the grave. See grave 1 (def. 5).
- Idiomson foot, by walking or running, rather than by riding.
- Idiomsput one's best foot forward:
- to attempt to make as good an impression as possible.
- to proceed with all possible haste;
- Idiomsput one's foot down, to take a firm stand;
be decisive or determined.
- Idioms, Informal Termsput one's foot in it or into it, [Informal.]to make an embarrassing blunder. Also, put one's foot in or into one's mouth.
- Idiomsset foot on or in, to go on or into;
enter:Don't set foot in this office again!
- Idiomsunder foot, in the way:That cat is always under foot when I'm getting dinner.
- to walk;
go on foot (often fol. by it):We'll have to foot it.
- to move the feet rhythmically, as to music or in dance (often fol. by it).
- Naval Terms(of vessels) to move forward;
sail:to foot briskly across the open water.
- to walk or dance on:footing the cobblestones of the old city.
- Music and Danceto perform (a dance):cavaliers footing a galliard.
- to traverse on or as if on foot.
- to make or attach a foot to:to foot a stocking.
- to pay or settle:I always end up footing the bill.
- Accountingto add (a column of figures) and set the sum at the foot (often fol. by up).
- to seize with talons, as a hawk.
- to establish.
- [Archaic.]to kick, esp. to kick away.
- [Obs.]to set foot on.
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English fōt; cognate with German Fuss; akin to Latin pēs (stem ped-), Greek poús (stem pod-)
- the part of the vertebrate leg below the ankle joint that is in contact with the ground during standing and walkingRelated adjective(s): pedal
- the part of a garment that covers a foot
- any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates, including molluscs
- the lower part of some plant structures, as of a developing moss sporophyte embedded in the parental tissue
- a unit of length equal to one third of a yard or 12 inches. 1 Imperial foot is equivalent to 0.3048 metre
- any part resembling a foot in form or function: the foot of a chair
- the lower part of something; base; bottom: the foot of the page, the foot of a hill
- the end of a series or group: the foot of the list
- manner of walking or moving; tread; step: a heavy foot
- infantry, esp in the British army
- (as modifier): a foot soldier
- any of various attachments on a sewing machine that hold the fabric in position, such as a presser foot for ordinary sewing and a zipper foot
- a group of two or more syllables in which one syllable has the major stress, forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
- a foot in the door ⇒ an action, appointment, etc, that provides an initial step towards a desired goal, esp one that is not easily attainable
- my foot! ⇒ an expression of disbelief, often of the speaker's own preceding statement: he didn't know, my foot! Of course he did!
- of foot ⇒ archaic in manner of movement: fleet of foot
- on foot ⇒ walking or running
- in progress; astir; afoot
- put a foot wrong ⇒ to make a mistake
- put one's best foot forward ⇒ to try to do one's best
- to hurry
- put one's foot down ⇒ informal to act firmly
- put one's foot in it ⇒ informal to blunder
- under foot ⇒ on the ground; beneath one's feet
- to dance to music (esp in the phrase foot it)
- (transitive) to walk over or set foot on; traverse (esp in the phrase foot it)
- (transitive) to pay the entire cost of (esp in the phrase foot the bill)
See also feetEtymology: Old English fōt; related to Old Norse fōtr, Gothic fōtus, Old High German fuoz, Latin pēs, Greek pous, Sanskrit pad
ˈfootless adj USAGE