What does foundation mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foundation(noun)

    the basis on which something is grounded

    "there is little foundation for his objections"

  2. foundation(noun)

    an institution supported by an endowment

  3. foundation, base, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructure(noun)

    lowest support of a structure

    "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"

  4. foundation, grounding(noun)

    education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge

    "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics"

  5. basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone(noun)

    the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

    "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

  6. foundation garment, foundation(noun)

    a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body

  7. initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration(noun)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. foundation(Noun)

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

    The foundation of his institute has been wrought with difficulty.

    Etymology: From fundatio.

  2. foundation(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.

    Etymology: From fundatio.

  3. foundation(Noun)

    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.

    The foundations of this construction have been laid out.

    Etymology: From fundatio.

  4. foundation(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From fundatio.

  5. foundation(Noun)

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

    The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is the parent organization of the Wiktionary collaborative project.

    Etymology: From fundatio.

  6. foundation(Noun)

    Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture.

    Etymology: From fundatio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foundation(noun)

    the act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect

    Etymology: [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See Found to establish.]

  2. Foundation(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

    Etymology: [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See Found to establish.]

  3. Foundation(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See Found to establish.]

  4. Foundation(noun)

    a donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment

    Etymology: [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See Found to establish.]

  5. Foundation(noun)

    that which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity

    Etymology: [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See Found to establish.]

Freebase

  1. Foundation

    A foundation is a legal categorization of nonprofit organizations that will typically either donate funds and support to other organizations, or provide the source of funding for its own charitable purposes. This type of non-profit organization differs from a private foundation which is typically endowed by an individual or family.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. foundation

    In military architecture, is that part of a building which is underground, or the mass of stone, brick, etc., which supports a building, or upon which the walls of a superstructure are raised; or it is the coffer or bed dug below the level of the ground to raise a building upon.

Editors Contribution

  1. foundation

    A type of structure as a basis to create.

    The foundations of a house are very important.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'foundation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2674

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'foundation' in Nouns Frequency: #909

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foundation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foundation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of foundation in a Sentence

  1. Susie Ambrose:

    We are a niche, exclusive agency, not a mainstream, mass-market online dating service. We are not going to have thousands of members because there simply aren’t thousands of single, wealthy, high-calibre prospects out there, [Burki’s] remarks about us being a non-reputable and fraudulent company were deemed untrue and entirely without foundation.

  2. Filmmaker Ian Shive:

    I think the politics of Cuba are complicated. They are very complex. I understand the perspective that people have [in Miami]. It’s [very] complicated, i think the environment is a great foundation on which we can build conversation. Kudos to Discovery for recognizing this opportunity and supporting it.

  3. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani:

    If it is well applied it can lay the foundation for fewer tensions with the United States, creating the conditions to open a new era. But if the Americans don't respect their part of the nuclear accord, then surely our relationship will remain as it has been in the past.

  4. Assistant Attorney General Yael Fuchs:

    They say that Trump Foundation was a passive recipient of the transactions, to use the modern parlance, that's not a thing.

  5. Johann von Goethe:

    I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.

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Translations for foundation

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  • أَوْقاف, رَفْع, إِيجاد, إِنْشاء, أساس, تَأْسِيس, إِشَادَة, حَبيس, حُبُس, حَبيسَةArabic
  • нигеҙ, хәйриәBashkir
  • фондация, основа, основаване, фундаментBulgarian
  • fundació, fonamentsCatalan, Valencian
  • nadace, založení, základyCzech
  • sylfaenWelsh
  • grundlag, grundlæggelse, fundamentDanish
  • Stiftung, Fundament, Foundation, Gründung, GrundlageGerman
  • φον ντε τεν, θεμέλιο, σύσταση, ίδρυμα, ίδρυσηGreek
  • fondo, fundamento, fondaĵoEsperanto
  • fundación, cimiento, baseSpanish
  • فونداسیونPersian
  • säätiö, perustus, peruspääoma, perusta, perustaminenFinnish
  • fondement, fond de teint, fondationFrench
  • bun-stèidhScottish Gaelic
  • כינון, יסוד, ייסוד, קרן, בָּסִיס, תשתיתHebrew
  • आधारHindi
  • alapozó, AlapítványHungarian
  • հիմնադրամ, հիմք, հիմնում, հիմնադրումArmenian
  • dasarIndonesian
  • stofnun, grunnur, meikIcelandic
  • fondazione, fondamenta, fondareItalian
  • קרןHebrew
  • 設立, ファンデーション, 基礎, 財団Japanese
  • ده‌زگا, بناغه, ده‌سگاKurdish
  • fundamentaLatin
  • tūāpapaMāori
  • fundament, fundering, stichtingDutch
  • stifting, stiftelseNorwegian Nynorsk
  • stiftelse, Fundament, grunnmurNorwegian
  • bindiiʼáNavajo, Navaho
  • fondacionOccitan
  • fundacja, fundament, założenie, podkład, ufundowaniePolish
  • fundação, base, dote, fundamentoPortuguese
  • manquQuechua
  • fundație, temelie, fundamentare, fundament, înființare, fondare, fond de ten, fond, bază, întemeiereRomanian
  • цоколь, основа, фонд, тональный крем, базис, фундамент, основание, учреждениеRussian
  • بنياد, پِيڙهڪا, پِيڙههSindhi
  • подлога, fundament, zasnivanje, osnivanje, temelj, podloga, fundiranje, zadužbina, fondacija, utemeljenjeSerbo-Croatian
  • základySlovak
  • fond, grundplåt, arv, kapital, foundation, grund, donation, förmögenhet, bas, fundament, grundläggning, stiftelse, testamenteSwedish
  • msingiSwahili
  • அடித்தளம்Tamil
  • vakıf, yardım kurumu, fondöten, kāide, kuruluş, temelTurkish
  • nền tảngVietnamese
  • 基础Chinese

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