Definition of Foundation

1. Noun. The basis on which something is grounded. "There is little foundation for his objections"

Generic synonyms: Relation
Specialized synonyms: Basis, Footing, Ground, Grass Roots
Derivative terms: Found

2. Noun. An institution supported by an endowment.
Generic synonyms: Financial Institution, Financial Organisation, Financial Organization
Specialized synonyms: Charity
Derivative terms: Found

3. Noun. Lowest support of a structure. "He stood at the foot of the tower"
Exact synonyms: Base, Foot, Fundament, Groundwork, Substructure, Understructure
Specialized synonyms: Bed, Raft Foundation
Group relationships: Construction, Structure
Generic synonyms: Support
Derivative terms: Basal

4. Noun. Education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge. "A good grounding in mathematics"
Exact synonyms: Grounding
Generic synonyms: Education

5. Noun. The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained. "The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
Exact synonyms: Base, Basis, Cornerstone, Fundament, Groundwork
Group relationships: Explanation
Specialized synonyms: Meat And Potatoes
Generic synonyms: Assumption, Supposal, Supposition
Derivative terms: Basal, Base, Found

6. Noun. A woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body.
Exact synonyms: Foundation Garment
Specialized synonyms: Corset, Girdle, Stays, Roll-on
Generic synonyms: Undergarment, Unmentionable

7. Noun. The act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new. "The foundation of a new scientific society"

Definition of Foundation

1. n. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.

Definition of Foundation

1. Noun. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect. ¹

2. Noun. 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; underbuilding. ¹

3. Noun. (architecture) The lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry. ¹

4. Noun. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment. ¹

5. Noun. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity. ¹

6. Noun. (cosmetics) Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture. ¹

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Definition of Foundation

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Foundation

1. A base; a supporting structure. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Foundation

found fault
found object
found objects
found out
foundation (current term)
foundation garment
foundation stone

Literary usage of Foundation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin (1906)
"In discussing the foundation it is sufficiently accurate to divide soils into ... These materials are here considered as foundation material and later as ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"CHARLES L. PARSONS, AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Box 505, WASHINGTON, DC Secretary THE MAYO foundation AT the meeting of the board of regents of the ..."

3. Publications by Oxford Historical Society (1885)
"BEFORE speaking of the foundation of a nunnery in Oxford, it seems necessary to say a few words on the ecclesiastical history of the district, ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1885)
"The entire very interesting provided for, so that there was no need for decree is printed in COOPER, i. 56-Ó8). Rather including them in a new foundation. ..."

5. Publications by Oxford Historical Society, Bostonian Society (1889)
"The first foundation and building of it (for of that I must first speak) is by ... 1 (A \Vood gives this marginal note) 'the foundation uncertain as many ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"In April, 1850, he laid the foundation of St. Patrick's cathedral, and this event ... THOMAS JOSEPH GARB, on the solid foundation laid by his predecessor, ..."

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