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Foundation meaning

foundation - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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"
  2. 2. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; " the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
  3. 3. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 6. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
  7. 7. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
  8. 8. Act of founding; groundwork or basis; permanent fund.

foundation - examples of usage

  1. Shrewd men of business have observed that the quality of being ancient is the foundation of credit. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. Apart from the Word there is no Foundation. - "The Law and the Word", Thomas Troward.
  3. Let us lay a foundation, then, by seeing how it works in what we call the common course of Nature. - "The Law and the Word", Thomas Troward.
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