Definitions of foundation

  1. the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an institution supported by an endowment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The basis or lowest part of a structure; groundwork; the principles or origin of anything; an endowment or gift of money to support an institution. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. The act of founding: the base of a building: the groundwork or basis: a permanent fund for the support of anything. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Act of founding; groundwork or basis; permanent fund. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. The act of founding; base; basis. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. An endowment; endowed institution. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The act of founding; that part of a structure which rests on the ground; the base or groundwork of anything; origin; endowment appropriated to support an institution; an endowed institution; institution. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. The base of an edifice or building; the groundwork or origin of anything; an endowment; an institution. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for foundation

  1. One man tells how the theatre and the library were at their foundation but part of a scheme the future is to fulfil. – Ideas of Good and Evil by William Butler Yeats
  2. For six solid, delicious months she was the foundation of every thought that touched my brain. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon