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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
References in classic literature ?
It had the usual country- schoolhouse form--belonged to the packing-box order of architecture; had an underpinning of stones, a moss-grown roof, and blank window spaces, whence both glass and sash had long departed.
He lays his own dead corpse beneath the underpinning, as one may say, and hangs his frowning picture on the wall, and, after thus converting himself into an evil destiny, expects his remotest great-grandchildren to be happy there.
This Budget delivers water security for irrigators in Werribee, underpinning hundreds of jobs and boosting farm production.
Foundation underpinning strengthens the existing foundation and can be used to lower the basement floor, effectively 'raising' the ceiling and giving you much more useable space.
Sadly, however, that's not the way it tends to work One of the problems with this issue is that a lot of underpinning done in the past was only partial, or not done particularly well.
3) Our expectation that economic activity will accelerate through 2016, underpinning a sustained improvement in credit metrics relative to similarly-rated peers.
Underpinning the strategy are the union principles of collective and determined action and democratic processes.
However, Labour and the Tories have been embroiled in a war of words over the negotiations and have differing views over the argument for 'statutory underpinning.
Campaigners for statutory underpinning will hold a conference in Westminster tomorrow.
whether the new Independent Press Regulator should be underpinned by legislation from the House of Commons, but it needs to be stressed, legislative underpinning is not statutory regulation, which nobody wants, including the main political parties.
It seems it has not been a fiasco after all and that if it had not been for the invaluable assistance of our generous-toa-fault major bookmaker friends arriving on white chargers to save the day by underpinning the levy deal, the delay could have been even longer.
THE royal wedding will highlight the values underpinning Christian marriage, one of the most senior Roman Catholic clerics in England and Wales has said.