AskDefine | Define foundation

Dictionary Definition



1 the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little foundation for his objections"
2 an institution supported by an endowment
3 the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" [syn: basis, base, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone]
4 lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower" [syn: base, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructure]
5 education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics" [syn: grounding]
6 a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body [syn: foundation garment]
7 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" [syn: initiation, founding, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration]

User Contributed Dictionary




From fundationem (nominative of fundatio).


  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.
  3. 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.
    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.
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act of founding
that upon which anything is founded
lowest and supporting part or member of a wall
legacy constituting a permanent fund of charitable institution
  • Finnish: peruspääoma
  • Sindhi:
endowed institution or charity
  • Catalan: fundació
  • Czech: nadace
  • Finnish: säätiö
  • German: Stiftung
  • Hebrew: קרן (keren)
  • Kurdish:
  • Occitan: fondacion
  • Portuguese: fundação
  • Sindhi:
  • Sorani: ده‌سگا, ده‌زگا
  • Spanish: fundación

Extensive Definition

Foundation may refer to:
foundation in Catalan: Fundació (desambiguació)
foundation in German: Foundation
foundation in Spanish: Fundación
foundation in French: Fondation
foundation in Indonesian: Fondasi
foundation in Italian: Fondazione
foundation in Dutch: Foundation
foundation in Japanese: ファウンデーション
foundation in Portuguese: Fundação (desambiguação)
foundation in Turkish: Vakıf

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