Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Secure placement of the feet in standing or moving.
  • n. A surface or its condition with respect to its suitability for walking or running, especially the condition of a racetrack.
  • n. A secure place for the feet; a foothold.
  • n. The act of moving on foot.
  • n. Architecture The supporting base or groundwork of a structure, as for a monument or wall. Also called footer.
  • n. A basis or foundation: a business begun on a good footing.
  • n. Position or rank in relation to others; standing: Everyone began on an equal footing.
  • n. Terms of social interaction: neighbors on a friendly footing.
  • n. The act of making a foot for something, such as a stocking.
  • n. The sum of a column of figures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on.
  • n. A standing; position; established place; basis for operation; permanent settlement; foothold.
  • n. A relative condition; state.
  • n. A tread; step; especially, measured tread.
  • n. A footprint or footprints; tracks, someone's trail.
  • n. stability or balance when standing on one's feet
  • n. The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column.
  • n. The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking.
  • n. A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
  • n. The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil. Simmonds.
  • n. The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot; foundation.
  • n. Double checking the numbers vertically.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on.
  • n. Standing; position; established place; basis for operation; permanent settlement; foothold.
  • n. Relative condition; state.
  • n. Tread; step; especially, measured tread.
  • n. The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column.
  • n. The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot.
  • n. A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
  • n. The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil.
  • n. The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Walk; tread; step; footstep.
  • n. Dance; rhythmical tread.
  • n. Track; footprint.
  • n. Place for the foot; ground to stand on.
  • n. Hence Established place; secure position; foothold.
  • n. Basis; foundation.
  • n. Mutual standing; reciprocal relation: as, a friendly footing.
  • n. The act of putting a foot to anything, or that which is added as a foot.
  • n. The act of adding up a column of figures, or the amount of such a column.
  • n. 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. 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. The finer detached fragments of whale-blubber, not wholly deprived of oil.
  • n. In architecture, a spreading course at the base or foundation of a wall.
  • n. The lower division of the slope of an embankment exposed to the sea.
  • n. A piece of wood inserted in the shaftment of an arrow at the nock.
  • n. An entertainment given on entering a school, or any new place or office.
  • n. 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. The position of an archer in shooting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a relation that provides the foundation for something
  • n. status with respect to the relations between people or groups
  • n. a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing

Etymologies

foot +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While a less-indebted public sector will put the economy on better long-term footing, short-term cuts can have immediate effects at a time when the economy is struggling to create jobs.

    Slow Recovery Curbs New Health-Care Jobs

  • Proper footing is key in not getting yourself hurt.

    I was hunting the other day deep in my local woods. I spotted a massive buck and took my shot but I didn't hit it cleanly.

  • And while that might be true for the vast number of engineers who define the company's internal culture, the external impression of Google being just another tech titan like Microsoft will gain footing, making the audience for Google's messages less tolerant of ambiguity and less forgiving of mistakes.

    Anil Dash

  • The finance unit now is on significantly firmer, longer-term footing—thanks in part to paring back its reliance on short-term borrowing—and problem loans have been contained.

    A Waiting Game at Finance Unit

  • IMO, although the journey to a sound economic footing is severally, trustworthy, commencing within uncertaintly is the undesireable reality, elstwhile, the end-point is only an ‘upturn’; ending with a familiar economy is desireable, yet often this may be impossible; working with extant resources effectively is the only real goal, and yet there is naught, any, alternative!

    Think Progress » On House GOP Website, Republican Leadership Takes Credit For Successful Stimulus Project

  • When it announced the sell-off in September 2009, the IMF said the move was an important step in putting its finances on a "sound long-term footing".

    IMF urged to use surplus gold for debt relief

  • An hour later we made our way across the poop to the chart-house, helping each other to maintain footing as the Elsinore plunged and bucked in the rising sea and was pressed over and down by the weight of wind on her few remaining set sails.

    CHAPTER XXVIII

  • This was the generous view of the American public, an assumption that voters had what Dunn called a “very sophisticated” understanding of how reducing our dependence on foreign oil, reforming our bloated health care system, and fixing our public schools were all connected to putting the economy on a sounder long-term footing.

    THE PROMISE

  • The long-term solution must be found and a non-national language, which places all ethnic languages on an equal footing is essential.

    Timeline for gaining co-official status for the Welsh language in Europe

  • You not only have to carry the thing uphill, but because the footing is uneven, you'll be fighting the rifle every step of the way as it does its best to pull you off balance.

    Weight a Minute

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  • hacer footing is also the Spanish term for jogging

    November 20, 2007

  • Footing is used in Italian to mean jogging.
    Foot, useful tool in running at a gentle pace (though admittedly easier with two ... why not feeting?) PLUS all purpose gerund-maker -ing.

    November 20, 2007