- 1A solid foundation laid below ground level to support or strengthen a building.More example sentences
- All this will provide a solid underpinning for housing.
- The river would create a problem of slow erosion and danger to the underpinning of other buildings in the site area.
- Because of the way the original plotland homes were built, with shallow, often uneven, foundations, the only way to save the building is through extensive underpinning.
- 2A set of ideas, motives, or devices which justify or form the basis for something: the theoretical underpinning for free-market economicsMore example sentences
- The fact that it had a theoretical underpinning was true but essentially an element.
- Checks and balances - the constitutional underpinning of the democratic idea that no one individual can be trusted with unlimited power - are there to keep such delusions under control.
- The key to that system working is showing that if you are flexible with your partners they will be flexible with you and it is just a basis underpinning of any partnership that it's a give and take thing.
More definitions of underpinningDefinition of underpinning in:
- The US English dictionary