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1. the lower part of a foundation of a column, wall, building, etc.
2. Rare a fee paid upon entrance into a craft, society, etc., or such an entrance itself


That portion of the foundation of a structure that transmits loads directly to the soil; may be enlarged to distribute the load over a greater area to prevent or to reduce settling.

continuous footing

Combined footing, which acts like a continuous beam on the foundation.

spread footing

A footing that is especially wide, usually constructed of reinforced concrete.


(civil engineering)
The widened base or substructure forming the foundation for a wall or a column.


That portion of the foundation of a structure which transmits loads directly to the soil; may be the widened part of a wall or column, the spreading courses under a foundation wall, a foundation of a column, etc.; used to spread the load over a greater area to prevent or reduce settling.
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9 Roll both sides of the sheeting around separate 1-by-2s in the back and fasten to the footing, like you did with the sides.
17] stated that the footing width is important for pressure-settlement curve and this curve is almost linear up to settlement of half of the footing width.
Fuel may have gotten next to the footing and used it as a pathway to get beneath the soil surface, Rupert added.
They did not connect adequately into the footings, he said.
It either needed to be wider, or re-enforcement needed to be anchored into the footings," he told the jury.
This study also includes the design of integrated strip and integrated isolated footings modeled with superstructure.
Renewable Sales, LLC needed special footings to ground mount their solar arrays due to the ground conditions at the site.
When tutors take the footings of represented audiences, they organize the production format such that the modes of animator, author, and principal do not coincide fully with the person of the tutor; therefore, Goffman's concepts of footing and the production format provide a useful analytical vocabulary for specifying the form and function of audience representations in tutor talk.
ISLAMABAD, June 08, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- President Asif Ali Zardari has said we are tackling the colossal challenge of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on war footings He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of elected representatives from Swabi (NWFP) called on President Asif Ali Zardari here Monday at the Aiwan-e-Sadr and discussed matters pertaining to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The footings resting on sandy soil if confined below the base of the footing resists the lateral displacement of soil underneath the footing leading to a significant decrease in the vertical settlement and hence improving the bearing capacity.
The analysis of the first response of the bridge vaults to the effect of forced deformation--angular rotation, subsidence, shift of the bridge pier in the footing bottom--has proved the extreme gravity of this effect, which, in case of insufficient securing of the bridge piers footings, represents a real threat to Charles Bridge.
The collapse is thought to have happened after workmen who were gutting a property reportedly disturbed the footings of the 100-year-old house, causing major structural damage.