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foundation

 
Noun foundation has 7 senses
  1. foundation - the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little foundation for his objections"
    --1 is a kind of
    relation
    --1 has particulars: footing, basis, ground; grass roots
    Derived form: verb found3
  2. foundation - an institution supported by an endowment
    --2 is a kind of
    financial institution, financial organization, financial organisation
    --2 has particulars: charity
    Derived form: verb found1
  3. basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone - the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
    --3 is a kind of assumption, supposition, supposal
    --3 is a part of explanation
    --3 has particulars: meat and potatoes
    Derived form: verb found3
  4. foundation, base, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructure - lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
    --4 is a kind of support
    --4 is a part of structure, construction
    --4 has particulars: bed; raft foundation
  5. foundation, grounding - education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics"
    --5 is a kind of education
  6. foundation garment, foundation - a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
    --6 is a kind of undergarment
    --6 has particulars: corset, girdle, stays; roll-on
  7. initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration - 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"
    --7 is a kind of beginning, start, commencement
    --7 has particulars: authorship, paternity
    Derived form: verb found2
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