Definitions for underpinningˈʌn dərˌpɪn ɪŋ
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un•der•pin•ningˈʌn dərˌpɪn ɪŋ(n.)
a system of supports beneath a wall or the like.
Often, underpinnings. a foundation or basis:
to strengthen the underpinnings of a friendship.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of underpinning:
A support or foundation, especially as a structure of masonry that supports a wall or a metaphorical basis for something.
the act of one who underpins; the act of supporting by stones, masonry, or the like
that by which a building is underpinned; the material and construction used for support, introduced beneath a wall already constructed
the foundation, esp. of a frame house
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