footing

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 [ˈfʊtɪŋ]


For the verb: "to foot"

Present Participle: footing

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
foot•ing /ˈfʊtɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the basis or foundation on which anything is established:[countable;  usually singular]firm economic footing.
  2. a firm placing of the feet;
    stability:[uncountable]to regain one's footing.
  3. position or status assigned to a person, group, etc.;
    mutual standing:[countable;  usually singular]on a friendly footing with the boss.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
foot•ing  (fŏŏting),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the basis or foundation on which anything is established.
  2. the act of one who moves on foot, as in walking or dancing.
  3. a secure and established position.
  4. a place or support for the feet;
    surface to stand on;
    foothold.
  5. a firm placing of the feet;
    stability:He regained his footing.
  6. Building, Civil Engineeringthe part of a foundation bearing directly upon the earth.
  7. position or status assigned to a person, group, etc., in estimation or treatment.
  8. mutual standing;
    reciprocal relation:to be on a friendly footing with someone.
  9. entrance into a new position or relationship:to gain a footing in society.
  10. Businessa fee demanded from a person upon entrance into a trade, society, etc.
  11. the act of adding a foot to something, as to a stocking.
  12. that which is added as a foot.
  13. the act of adding up a column of figures.
  14. the total of such a column.
  • 1350–1400; Middle English; see foot, -ing1

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
foot /fʊt/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  feet /fit/.USA pronunciation  
  1. Zoology[countable] the end of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves.
  2. Weights and Measures[countable] a unit of length equal to 12 inches or 30.48 centimeters.
  3. any part or thing resembling a foot, as in function, placement, or shape:[countable]the foot of a couch; the foot of a stocking.
  4. the lowest part, or bottom, such as of a hill, ladder, or page:[countable;  usually singular]the foot of the mountain.
  5. the part of anything opposite the top or head:[countable;  usually singular]Her cat slept at the foot of her bed.

v. [+ object]
  1. to pay or settle:Who will foot the bill?

adj. [before a noun]
  1. moving on foot:a foot soldier.
  2. operating by using the foot or feet:a foot brake.
Idioms
  1. drag one's feet, to delay unnecessarily.
  2. Idiomsfoot it, [+ it] to walk;
    go on foot:We'll have to foot it home.
  3. Idiomsget off on the right (or wrong ) foot, to begin well (or badly):I got off on the wrong foot by arriving late.
  4. Idiomson foot, by walking or running:to travel on foot.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Idiomsput one's foot in one's mouth or put one's foot in it, [no obj] to say something tactless.
  8. Idiomsset foot on or in, [+ object] to enter:Don't set foot in this office again!
  9. Idiomsunder foot, in the way:That cat is always under foot.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
foot  (fŏŏt),USA pronunciation n., pl.  feet  for 1–4, 8–11, 16, 19, 21;
foots  for 20;
v. 

n. 
  1. Zoology(in vertebrates) the terminal part of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves.
  2. Zoology(in invertebrates) any part similar in position or function.
  3. Zoologysuch a part considered as the organ of locomotion.
  4. 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.
  5. Militaryfoot soldiers;
    infantry.
  6. walking or running motion;
    pace:swift of foot.
  7. quality or character of movement or motion;
    tread;
    step.
  8. any part or thing resembling a foot, as in function, placement, shape, etc.
  9. Furniture
    • 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Clothingthe part of a stocking, sock, etc., covering the foot.
  12. the lowest part, or bottom, of anything, as of a hill, ladder, page, etc.
  13. a supporting part;
    base.
  14. the part of anything opposite the top or head:He waited patiently at the foot of the checkout line.
  15. the end of a bed, grave, etc., toward which the feet are placed:Put the blanket at the foot of the bed, please.
  16. Printingthe part of the type body that forms the sides of the groove, at the base. See diag. under  type. 
  17. the last, as of a series.
  18. that which is written at the bottom, as the total of an account.
  19. [Pros.]a group of syllables constituting a metrical unit of a verse.
  20. Usually,  foots. 
    • sediment or dregs.
    • footlights.
  21. Nautical, Naval Termsthe lower edge of a sail.
  22. 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.
  23. Idiomsget or  have a or  one's foot in the door, to succeed in achieving an initial stage or step.
  24. have one foot in the grave. See  grave 1 (def. 5).
  25. Idiomson foot, by walking or running, rather than by riding.
  26. Idiomsput one's best foot forward: 
    • to attempt to make as good an impression as possible.
    • to proceed with all possible haste;
      hurry.
  27. Idiomsput one's foot down, to take a firm stand;
    be decisive or determined.
  28. 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. 
  29. Idiomsset foot on or  in, to go on or into;
    enter:Don't set foot in this office again!
  30. Idiomsunder foot, in the way:That cat is always under foot when I'm getting dinner.

v.i. 
  1. to walk;
    go on foot (often fol. by it):We'll have to foot it.
  2. to move the feet rhythmically, as to music or in dance (often fol. by it).
  3. Naval Terms(of vessels) to move forward;
    sail:to foot briskly across the open water.

v.t. 
  1. to walk or dance on:footing the cobblestones of the old city.
  2. Music and Danceto perform (a dance):cavaliers footing a galliard.
  3. to traverse on or as if on foot.
  4. to make or attach a foot to:to foot a stocking.
  5. to pay or settle:I always end up footing the bill.
  6. Accountingto add (a column of figures) and set the sum at the foot (often fol. by up).
  7. to seize with talons, as a hawk.
  8. to establish.
  9. [Archaic.]to kick, esp. to kick away.
  10. [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-)


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

footing /ˈfʊtɪŋ/ n
  1. the basis or foundation on which something is established: the business was on a secure footing
  2. the relationship or status existing between two persons, groups, etc: the two countries were on a friendly footing
  3. a secure grip by or for the feet
  4. the lower part of a foundation of a column, wall, building, etc



foot /fʊt/ n ( pl feet /fiːt/)
  1. the part of the vertebrate leg below the ankle joint that is in contact with the ground during standing and walking
    Related adjective(s): pedal
  2. the part of a garment that covers a foot
  3. any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates, including molluscs
  4. the lower part of some plant structures, as of a developing moss sporophyte embedded in the parental tissue
  5. a unit of length equal to one third of a yard or 12 inches. 1 Imperial foot is equivalent to 0.3048 metre
    Abbreviation: ft
  6. any part resembling a foot in form or function: the foot of a chair
  7. the lower part of something; base; bottom: the foot of the page, the foot of a hill
  8. the end of a series or group: the foot of the list
  9. manner of walking or moving; tread; step: a heavy foot
  10. infantry, esp in the British army
  11. (as modifier): a foot soldier
  12. 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
  13. a group of two or more syllables in which one syllable has the major stress, forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
  14. a foot in the dooran action, appointment, etc, that provides an initial step towards a desired goal, esp one that is not easily attainable
  15. my foot!an expression of disbelief, often of the speaker's own preceding statement: he didn't know, my foot! Of course he did!
  16. of footarchaic in manner of movement: fleet of foot
  17. on footwalking or running
  18. in progress; astir; afoot
  19. put a foot wrongto make a mistake
  20. put one's best foot forwardto try to do one's best
  21. to hurry
  22. put one's foot downinformal to act firmly
  23. put one's foot in itinformal to blunder
  24. under footon the ground; beneath one's feet
vb
  1. to dance to music (esp in the phrase foot it)
  2. (transitive) to walk over or set foot on; traverse (esp in the phrase foot it)
  3. (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
In front of another noun, the plural for the unit of length is foot: a 20-foot putt; his 70-foot ketch. Foot can also be used instead of feet when mentioning a quantity and in front of words like tall: four foot of snow; he is at least six foot tall




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