stepped footing[′stept ′fu̇d·iŋ]
A widening at the bottom of a wall consisting of a series of steps in the proportion of one horizontal to two vertical units.
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A footing consisting of a series of concrete prisms of progressively smaller lateral dimensions, one above the other, to distribute the load of a wall or column to the subgrade.
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