foundation

[foun┬Ěda┬Ětion]

A foundation is the base for something. You often hear about the structural foundations of buildings, but a good idea can also be the foundation of a successful business.

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

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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"

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

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

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the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

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education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics"

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an institution supported by an endowment

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the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little foundation for his objections"


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

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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.

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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.

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

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


Foundation

Foun*da"tion , 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.
The foundation of a free common wealth.
3. (Arch.) 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. 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.
5. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
Against the canon laws of our foundation.
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.

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

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Usage Examples

For the past 21 years, I've been privileged to be part of an amazing organization called the International Women's Media Foundation.

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.

A home is crucial, the foundation of a stable family.

A loving family provides the foundation children need to succeed, and strong families with a man and a woman - bonded together for life - always have been, and always will be, the key to such families.

Fear is the foundation of most governments.

Fear is the foundation of safety.

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Other Usage Examples

As a consequence of the victories we have registered during our first ten years of freedom, we have laid a firm foundation for the new advances we must and will make during the next decade.

Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.

A face is too slight a foundation for happiness.

And that is why marriage and family law has emphasized the importance of marriage as the foundation of family, addressing the needs of children in the most positive way.

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth.

Analysts may be correct that the presidential election won't primarily turn on entitlements reform, but by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney can, contrary to conventional wisdom, make it a winning issue and lay the foundation for a reform mandate when he wins.

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