Part of speech: noun

A foundation wall or support.

Part of speech: verb


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Usage examples "underpinning":

  1. And although at first glance his underpinning seemed too frail to bear the great mass of his weight or withstand the effort of his driving power of shoulders and deep, broad thighs, yet a closer reckoning made one aware of the comfortable dimensions of the cannon bone with all that this feature portended. - "Bull Hunter", Max Brand.
  2. However, with plenty of stakes and some underpinning, he might be able to build up a new bank. - "Partners of the Out-Trail", Harold Bindloss.
  3. The trouble began at the underpinning. - "Partners of the Out-Trail", Harold Bindloss.