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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
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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.
Combined footing, which acts like a continuous beam on the foundation.
A footing that is especially wide, usually constructed of reinforced concrete.
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The widened base or substructure forming the foundation for a wall or a column.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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