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un·der·pin·ning

 (ŭn′dər-pĭn′ĭng)
n.
1. Material or masonry used to support a structure, such as a wall.
2. often underpinnings A support or foundation: "It was the towns, not the cities, that provided the underpinnings for the great American experiment" (Frank Conroy).
3. underpinnings Informal The human legs.

underpinning

(ˈʌndəˌpɪnɪŋ)
n
(Building) a structure of masonry, concrete, etc, placed beneath a wall to provide support

un•der•pin•ning

(ˈʌn dərˌpɪn ɪŋ)

n.
1. a system of supports beneath a wall or the like.
2. Often, underpinnings. a foundation or basis: to strengthen the underpinnings of a friendship.
[1480–90]
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underpinning

noun support, base, foundation, footing, groundwork, substructure the economic underpinning of ancient Mexican society

underpinning

noun
1. A means or device that keeps something erect, stable, or secure:
2. The lowest or supporting part or structure.Often used in plural:
3. That on which something immaterial, such as an argument or a charge, rests.Often used in plural:
base, basis, footing, foundation, fundament, ground (often used in plural), groundwork.
Translations

underpinning

[ˌʌndəˈpɪnɪŋ] N (Archit) → apuntalamiento m
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