- a place to put a foot down securely, as in climbing
- a secure position from which it is difficult to be dislodged
- A large and solid rock where you can rest your foot while climbing is an example of a foothold.
- When a disease advances far enough that it is likely to infect a very large number of people, this is an example of a situation where a disease has a foothold.
The definition of a foothold is a place of stability where you can put your foot while climbing or the state of being secure enough to move forward.
- A place providing support for the foot in climbing or standing.
- A firm or secure position that provides a base for further advancement.
- With another look down, she found her first foothold along the side of the cave and began to climb.
- Since the sides of the pit consist of loose sand they afford an insecure foothold to any small insect that inadvertently ventures over the edge.
- The only foothold retained by the English on French ground was Calais.
- This astonishing victory over fourfold numbers was no mere chivalrous feat of arms, it had the solid result of giving the victors a foothold in northern France.
- I wrote timidly, fearfully, but resolutely, urged on by my teacher, who knew that if I persevered, I should find my mental foothold again and get a grip on my faculties.