Wall vs Footing - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between wall and footing

is that wall is a rampart of earth, stones etc built up for defensive purposes or wall can be (chiefly|dialectal) a spring of water or wall can be (nautical) a kind of knot often used at the end of a rope; a wall knot or wale while footing is a ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on.

As verbs the difference between wall and footing

is that wall is to enclose with a wall or wall can be to boil while footing is .

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) . More at (l), (l).


(en noun)
  • A rampart of earth, stones etc. built up for defensive purposes.
  • A structure built for defense surrounding a city, castle etc.
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  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=52, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The new masters and commanders , passage=From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.}}
  • Each of the substantial structures acting either as the exterior of or divisions within a structure.
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  • *, chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=[…] St.?Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.}}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall . Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime.}}
  • A point of desperation.
  • A point of defeat or extinction.
  • An impediment to free movement.
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  • A type of butterfly (Lasiommata megera ).
  • A barrier.
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  • A barrier to vision.
  • Something with the apparent solidity and dimensions of a building wall.
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  • A divisive or containing structure in an organ or cavity.
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  • *:The epidermal cells of the capsule wall of Jubulopsis'', with nodose "trigones" at the angles, are very reminiscent of what one finds in ''Frullania spp.
  • (lb) A fictional bidder used to increase the price at an auction. Also called a chandelier.
  • (lb) A line of defenders set up between an opposing free-kick taker and the goal.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=January 23, author=Alistair Magowan, work=BBC
  • , title= Blackburn 2-0 West Brom , passage=Blackburn were the recipients of another dose of fortune when from another Thomas pass Odemwingie was brought down by Jones inside the penalty area, but referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a free-kick which Chris Brunt slammed into the wall .}}
  • (lb) A personal notice board listing messages of interest to a particular user.
  • Synonyms
    * (fictional bidder at an auction) chandelier


    (en verb)
  • To enclose with a wall
  • He walled the study with books.
  • To enclose by surrounding with walls.
  • They had walled in the garden
  • To separate with a wall
  • The previous owners had walled off two rooms, making an apartment.
  • To seal with a wall
  • They walled up the basement space that had been used as a coal bin.

    Derived terms

    * abdominal wall * bounce off the walls * blue wall of silence * brick wall * cell wall * climb the walls * diaphragm wall * drywall * firewall * hole-in-the-wall * paywall * retaining wall * stonewall, stone wall * up the walls * wall clock * wall fan * wall in * wall off * wall of silence * wallpaper * walls have ears * wall up * wall unit

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) . See also (l).


    (en verb)
  • To boil.
  • To well, as water; spring.
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) *.


    (en noun)
  • (chiefly, dialectal) A spring of water.
  • Etymology 4


    (en noun)
  • (nautical) A kind of knot often used at the end of a rope; a wall knot or wale.
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    (Webster 1913)


    (en noun)
  • A ground for the foot; place for the foot to rest on; firm foundation to stand on.
  • * Holder
  • In ascent, every step gained is a footing and help to the next.
  • A standing; position; established place; basis for operation; permanent settlement; foothold.
  • * (1800-1859)
  • As soon as he had obtained a footing at court, the charms of his mannermade him a favorite.
  • A relative condition; state.
  • * (1800-1859)
  • Lived on a footing of equality with nobles.
  • A tread; step; especially, measured tread.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • Hark, I hear the footing of a man.
  • A footprint or footprints; tracks, someone's trail.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.vii:
  • The Monster swift as word, that from her went, / Went forth in hast, and did her footing trace.
  • *, I.38:
  • A man must doe as some wilde beasts, which at the entrance of their caves, will have no manner of footing seene.
  • stability or balance when standing on one's feet
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=October 29, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal , passage=Terry lost his footing to allow Van Persie to race clear for Arsenal's fourth after 85 minutes before the Netherlands striker completed a second treble against Chelsea by hammering his third past Petr Cech deep into stoppage time.}}
  • The act of adding up a column of figures; the amount or sum total of such a column.
  • * Francis A. Corliss, Supreme Court, County of New York (p.111)
  • The auditing of the accounts, when the defendant was present, was nothing more than the examinings of the footings of the bookkeeper.
  • The act of putting a foot to anything; also, that which is added as a foot; as, the footing of a stocking.
  • A narrow cotton lace, without figures.
  • The finer refuse part of whale blubber, not wholly deprived of oil. Simmonds.
  • (architecture, engineering) The thickened or sloping portion of a wall, or of an embankment at its foot; foundation.
  • (accounting) Double checking the numbers vertically.
  • Derived terms

    * footing beam * footing course * pay one's footing


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