the basis on which something is grounded
"there is little foundation for his objections"
an institution supported by an endowment
foundation, base, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructurenoun
lowest support of a structure
"it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge
"he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics"
basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstonenoun
the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
"the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
foundation garment, foundationnoun
a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instaurationnoun
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"
The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
The foundation of his institute has been wrought with difficulty.
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.
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.
A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
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Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture.
Etymology: From fundatio.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: fondation, French.
The stateliness of houses, the goodliness of trees, when we behold them, delighteth the eye; but that foundation which beareth up the one, that root which ministreth unto the other nourishment and life, is in the bosom of the earth concealed. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 1.
That is the way to make the city flat,
To bring the roof to the foundation,
To bury all. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
O Jove, I think,
Foundations fly the wretched; such, I mean,
Where they should be reliev’d. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
I draw a line along the shore;
I lay the deep foundations of a wall,
And Enos, nam’d from me, the city call. John Dryden, Æn.
Ne’er to these chambers where the mighty rest,
Since their foundation, came a nobler guest. Thomas Tickell.
If we give way to our passions, we do but gratify ourselves for the present, in order to our future disquiet; but if we resist and conquer them, we lay the foundation of perpetual peace in our minds. John Tillotson, Sermon 6.
That she should be subject to her husband, the laws of mankind and customs of nations have ordered it so; and there is a foundation in nature for it. John Locke.
Throughout the world, even from the first foundation thereof, all men have either been taken as lords or lawful kings in their own houses. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 10.
He had an opportunity of going to school on a foundation. Jonathan Swift.
the act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect
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
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
a donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment
that which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity
Etymology: [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See Found to establish.]
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
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.
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'foundation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2674
Rank popularity for the word 'foundation' in Nouns Frequency: #909
The numerical value of foundation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of foundation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Man after the second half of the twentieth century is frustrated. You know that the foundation of all subversiveness is laid on frustration and this frustration keeps finding ways to subversive activities. And you also know that an uncert...ain present has made man pessimistic about future... therefore he runs after anything that glitters, be it fire
Considering the near-impossible task of identifying a chairman as farsighted, strategic-thinking and generous with his time as Dr. Cavanaugh, the board has elected the best person capable of guiding the Foundation forward.
No one wins if the foundation for Hong Kong's role as a prime international business and financial center is eroded.
The most solid stone in the structure is the lowest one in the foundation.
The foundation provides a sense of protection for the future, pastors are in particular getting to understand this better so that's why we are growing. We are trying to make them understand that we're part of the solution to their financial challenges.
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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
- grundlag, grundlæggelse, fundamentDanish
- Stiftung, Fundament, Foundation, Gründung, GrundlageGerman
- φον ντε τεν, θεμέλιο, σύσταση, ίδρυμα, ίδρυσηGreek
- fondo, fundamento, fondaĵoEsperanto
- fundación, cimiento, baseSpanish
- säätiö, perustus, peruspääoma, perusta, perustaminenFinnish
- fondement, fond de teint, fondationFrench
- bun-stèidhScottish Gaelic
- כינון, יסוד, ייסוד, קרן, בָּסִיס, תשתיתHebrew
- alapozó, AlapítványHungarian
- հիմնադրամ, հիմք, հիմնում, հիմնադրումArmenian
- stofnun, grunnur, meikIcelandic
- fondazione, fondamenta, fondareItalian
- 設立, ファンデーション, 基礎, 財団Japanese
- دهزگا, بناغه, دهسگاKurdish
- fundament, fundering, stichtingDutch
- stifting, stiftelseNorwegian Nynorsk
- stiftelse, Fundament, grunnmurNorwegian
- bindiiʼáNavajo, Navaho
- fundacja, fundament, założenie, podkład, ufundowaniePolish
- fundação, base, dote, fundamentoPortuguese
- 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
- fond, grundplåt, arv, kapital, foundation, grund, donation, förmögenhet, bas, fundament, grundläggning, stiftelse, testamenteSwedish
- vakıf, yardım kurumu, fondöten, kāide, kuruluş, temelTurkish
- nền tảngVietnamese
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