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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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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.
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But a spokesman for Mrs Miller's Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said that she continues to believe that statutory underpinning is not necessary to achieve the principles for regulation set out by Lord Justice Leveson.
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