foun·da·tion noun \fau̇n-ˈdā-shən\
: a usually stone or concrete structure that supports a building from underneath
: something (such as an idea, a principle, or a fact) that provides support for something
: an organization that is created and supported with money that people give in order to do something that helps society
: a basis (as a tenet, principle, or axiom) upon which something stands or is supported <the foundations of geometry> <the rumor is without foundation in fact>
a : funds given for the permanent support of an institution : endowment
b : an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance
: an underlying base or support; especially : the whole masonry substructure of a building
a : a body or ground upon which something is built up or overlaid
b : a woman's supporting undergarment : corset
c : a cosmetic usually used as a base for makeup
— foun·da·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
— foun·da·tion·al·ly adverb
— foun·da·tion·less \-shən-ləs\ adjective
Examples of FOUNDATION
- The inspector discovered a crack in the house's foundation.
- The book explains the moral foundations on which her political career was built.
- These problems threaten the very foundations of modern society.
- The scandal has shaken the government to its foundations.
- They established a foundation to help orphaned children.
First Known Use of FOUNDATION
Rhymes with FOUNDATION
, C ration
, earth station
, gas station
, space station
, way station
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