Definition of footing :
1. A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
2. Ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on.
3. of Foot
4. Relative condition; state.
5. Standing; position; established place; basis for operation; permanent settlement; foothold.
6. The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column.
7. The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking.
8. The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil.
9. The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot.
10. Tread; step; especially, measured tread.
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rank (part of speech: noun)
- The Indian trade gave both English and French a footing in America. - "The Character and Influence of the Indian Trade in Wisconsin", Frederick Jackson Turner.
- There can be no reason why you should not see him again on a friendly footing when this embarrassment between you shall have passed away. - "Orley Farm", Anthony Trollope.
- There's a third person on the scene now who will make it difficult- for me, at least- to go back to the same footing. - "The Heart of Una Sackville", Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey.