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