Definitions for: Foundation


[n] the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
[n] lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
[n] a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
[n] the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
[n] education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics"
[n] an institution supported by an endowment
[n] the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little foundation for his objections"



Webster (1913) Definition: Foun*da"tion, n. [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See
Found to establish.]
1. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to
erect.

2. That upon which anything is founded; that on which
anything stands, and by which it is supported; the lowest
and supporting layer of a superstructure; groundwork;
basis.

Behold, I lay in Zion, for a foundation, a stone . .
. a precious corner stone, a sure foundation. --Is.
xxviii. 16.

The foundation of a free common wealth. --Motley.

3. (Arch.) The lowest and supporting part or member of a
wall, including the base course (see Base course
(a), under Base, n.) and footing courses; in a frame
house, the whole substructure of masonry.

4. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable
institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.

He was entered on the foundation of Westminster.
--Macaulay.

5. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an
endowed institution or charity.

Against the canon laws of our foundation. --Milton.

Foundation course. See Base course, under Base, n.

Foundation muslin, an open-worked gummed fabric used for
stiffening dresses, bonnets, etc.

Foundation school, in England, an endowed school.

To be on a foundation, to be entitled to a support from the
proceeds of an endowment, as a scholar or a fellow of a
college.

Synonyms: base, base, basis, cornerstone, creation, foot, foundation garment, founding, fundament, fundament, grounding, groundwork, groundwork, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, origination, substructure, understructure

See Also: assumption, basis, bed, beginning, charity, commencement, construction, corset, education, explanation, financial institution, financial organisation, financial organization, footing, girdle, grass roots, ground, panty girdle, raft foundation, relation, roll-on, start, stays, structure, support, supposal, supposition, undergarment

Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat



Related Resources:
animals begin with x
animals begin with k