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FOOT'ING, participle present tense Dancing; treading; settling; adding a new foot.

FOOT'ING, noun

1. Ground for the foot; that which sustains; firm foundation to stand on

In ascents, every step gained is a footing and help to the next.

2. Support; root.

3. Basis; foundation.

4. Place; stable position.

5. Permanent settlement. Let not these evils gain footing

6. Tread; step; walk.

7. Dance; tread to measure.

8. Steps; road; track. [Little Used.]

9. State; condition; settlement. Place both parties on an equal footing