n.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; as, the Ford Foundation.
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.
Noun1.foundation - the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little foundation for his objections"
2.foundation - an institution supported by an endowment
3.foundation - the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
4.foundation - lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
5.foundation - education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics"
Synonyms: grounding
6.foundation - a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
7.foundation - the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new; "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult"; "the foundation of a new scientific society"; "he regards the fork as a modern introduction"
foundation - The axiom of foundation states that the membership relation is well founded, i.e. that any non-empty collection Y of sets has a member y which is disjoint from Y. This rules out sets which contain themselves (directly or indirectly).
To see the foundation of a building, represents your belief system. You are well-prepared for any situation before you. To dream that the foundation is shifting, suggests that you are changing your beliefs about something.A, a priori principle, affirmation, alpha, anchorage, appanage, apriorism, arrangement, assertion, assumed position, assumption, axiom, basal, baseboard, basement, basic, basic training, basis, bearing wall, bed, bedding, bedrock, beginning, blast-off, bottom, briefing, call, categorical proposition, cause, cellar, chassis, clearing the decks, clown white, cold cream, colonization, commencement, compact, constitution, cosmetics, creation, cutting edge, dado, data, dawn, dot, dower, dowry, drugstore complexion, edge, effectuation, endowment, equipment, eye shadow, eyebrow pencil, familiarization, first principles, fixation, fixing, floor, flooring, flying start, fond, foot, footing, formation, foundation cream, foundational, founding, frame, fresh start, fundament, fundamental, good reason, greasepaint, ground, grounds, hand cream, hand lotion, hardpan, hypothesis, hypothesis ad hoc, inauguration, inception, infrastructure, initiation, installation, installment, institute, instituting, institution, investiture, investment, jointure, jump-off, keel, kick-off, leading edge, legal jointure, lemma, lip rouge, lipstick, lodgment, major premise, makeready, makeup, making ready, manufacture, marriage portion, mascara, material basis, materialization, minor premise, mobilization, mooring, mopboard, mudpack, nadir, nail polish, new departure, oncoming, onset, opening, organization, organizing, origin, origination, outbreak, outset, paint, pavement, peopling, philosopheme, philosophical proposition, pillar, planning, plantation, population, portion, position, postulate, postulation, postulatum, powder, powder puff, prearrangement, preliminaries, preliminary, preliminary act, preliminary step, premise, prep, preparation, preparatory study, preparing, prepping, prerequisite, presupposition, pretreatment, primary, principle, processing, propaedeutic, proposition, propositional function, provision, puff, purpose, radical, raison d'etre, rationale, readying, realization, reason, rest, right, riprap, rock, rock bottom, rouge, rudiment, running start, seat, send-off, setting in motion, setting-up, settlement, settling, shoemold, sill, sole, solid ground, solid rock, spadework, square one, start, start-off, starting point, statement, stereobate, stylobate, substance, substratum, substruction, substructure, sumption, supposal, take-off, talcum, talcum powder, terra firma, theorem, thesis, thirds, toe, tower, training, treatment, trial, truth table, truth-function, truth-value, tryout, underbuilding, undercarriage, undergirding, underlying, understruction, understructure, vanishing cream, vanity case, wainscot, war paint, warm-up, warrant
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