from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Material or masonry used to support a structure, such as a wall.
  • noun A support or foundation.
  • noun Informal The human legs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who underpins; the act of supporting a superior part of a wall, etc., by introducing a support underneath it.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The foundation-wall of a building, especially of a wooden one.
  • noun A method of well-sinking in which a wall is laid in sections.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of one who underpins; the act of supporting by stones, masonry, or the like.
  • noun Local, U. S., Local, U. S. That by which a building is underpinned; the material and construction used for support, introduced beneath a wall already constructed.
  • noun Local, U. S. The foundation, esp. of a frame house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of underpin.
  • noun A support or foundation, especially as a structure of masonry that supports a wall or a metaphorical basis for something.


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