Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of foundation
Meaning of foundation by Wiktionary Dictionary

foundation


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /faʊ̯nˈdei̯ʃn̩/
    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

    Etymology

    From Latin fundātiō .

    Noun

    foundation ( plural: foundations )

    1. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect .
      The foundation of his institute has been wrought with difficulty .
    2. 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 .
    3. ( architecture ) 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 .
    4. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment .
    5. 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 .
    6. ( cosmetics ) Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture .


Explanation of foundation by Wordnet Dictionary

foundation


    Noun
    1. the act of starting something for the first time

    2. the foundation of a new scientific society
    3. lowest support of a structure

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

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

    6. education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge

    7. he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study
    8. an institution supported by an endowment

    9. the basis on which something is grounded

    10. there is little foundation for his objections


    Definition of foundation by GCIDE Dictionary

    foundation


    1. Foundation n. [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See Found to establish.]
      1. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.

      2. 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.

      Behold, I lay in Zion, for a foundation, a stone . . . a precious corner stone, a sure foundation. Is. xxviii. 16.

      The foundation of a free common wealth. Motley.

      3. ( Arch. ) The lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course ( see Base course under Base, n. ) and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry.

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

      He was entered on the foundation of Westminster. Macaulay.

      5. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity; as, “the Ford Foundation”.

      Against the canon laws of our foundation. Milton.

      Foundation course. See Base course, under Base, n. -- Foundation muslin, an open-worked gummed fabric used for stiffening dresses, bonnets, etc. -- Foundation school, in England, an endowed school. -- To be on a foundation, to be entitled to a support from the proceeds of an endowment, as a scholar or a fellow of a college.