Definitions of foundation

  1. lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little foundation for his objections" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. an institution supported by an endowment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Organizations established by endowments with provision for future maintenance. Medical Dictionary DB
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Act of founding; groundwork or basis; permanent fund. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. The act of founding; base; basis. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. An endowment; endowed institution. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. The founding or building of a college or hospital. The incorporationor endowment of a college or hospital is the foundation ; and he who endows it withland or other property is the founder. Dartmouth College v. Woodward, 4 Wheat. GG7,4 L. Ed. G29; Seagrave's Appeal, 125 Pa. 3G2, 17 Atl. 412; Union Baptist Ass'n v. 11unn, 7 Tex. Civ. App. 249, 2G S. W. 755. thelawdictionary.org
  24. Establishing, constituting on permanent basis, esp. of an endowed institution; such institution, e.g. monastery, college, or hospital (on the f., entitled to benefit by its funds, whence foundationer n.). or its revenues; solid ground or base, natural or artificial, on which building rests, lowest part of building usu. below groundlevel; basis, ground-work, underlying principle, (report has no f.; base religion on a moral f.); body or ground on which other parts are overlaid, e.g. under-skirt, first set of stitches in crochet or knitting; f.-muslin, -net, gummed fabrics for stiffening dresses& bonnets; f.-school, endowed; f.-stone, esp. one laid with ceremony to celebrate founding of edifice. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. n. The act of founding or establishing;—groundwork; basis;—original; rise;—establishment; settlement;—a donation appropriated for any purpose, especially for a charitable one; an endowment;—an endowed institution or charity. Cabinet Dictionary
  26. The basis or lower parts of an edifice; the act of fixing the basis; the principles or ground on which any notion is raised; original, rise; a revenue settled and established for any purpose, particularly charity; establishment, settlement. Complete Dictionary