from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Material or masonry used to support a structure, such as a wall.
- n. A support or foundation. Often used in the plural.
- n. Informal The human legs. Often used in the plural.
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- v. Present participle of underpin.
- n. A support or foundation, especially as a structure of masonry that supports a wall or a metaphorical basis for something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of one who underpins; the act of supporting by stones, masonry, or the like.
- n. That by which a building is underpinned; the material and construction used for support, introduced beneath a wall already constructed.
- n. The foundation, esp. of a frame house.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of one who underpins; the act of supporting a superior part of a wall, etc., by introducing a support underneath it.
- n. A solid structure, as a new foundation or other support, temporary or permanent, introduced beneath a wall, a building, etc., previously constructed, as when the original foundation has proved insufficient, or has been impaired from any cause. Also called undersetting, and in Scotland goufing.
- n. The foundation-wall of a building, especially of a wooden one.
- n. A method of well-sinking in which a wall is laid in sections.
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