Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.
  • 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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Examples

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  • These tax agreements have been so successful in underpinning the revenues of some of the provinces and in simplifying the tax structure, that the Federal Government decided to renew its offer.

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  • So alarming were the comments on what had been said that I began to feel that I had inadvertently taken out the underpinning from the social system.

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  • David, if we go back a couple of years, one of the reasons you gave for going global, and this was sort of a long term underpinning, was the wide gap between retail square footage per capita in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

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  • That said, details of the out-of-court agreement reached by the pair have not been made public and neither firm has yet said what the terms underpinning the deal are.

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  • That psychological underpinning is crucial in any narrative, of course, but it’s if anything even more vital in stories where physical impossibilities are going to be commonplace.

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