|1.||[ noun ] the basis on which something is grounded|
"there is little foundation for his objections"
|Related terms:||relation footing grass_roots establish|
|2.||[ noun ] (finance) an institution supported by an endowment|
|Related terms:||financial_institution charity establish|
|3.||[ noun ] lowest support of a structure|
|Synonyms:||base foot groundwork substructure understructure fundament|
"it was built on a base of solid rock" "he stood at the foot of the tower"
|Related terms:||support raft_foundation bed structure|
|4.||[ noun ] the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained|
|Synonyms:||basis base groundwork cornerstone fundament|
"the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
|Related terms:||assumption meat_and_potatoes explanation|
|5.||[ noun ] (clothing) a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body|
|Related terms:||undergarment roll-on corset|
|6.||[ noun ] education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge|
"he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study" "a good grounding in mathematics"
|7.||[ noun ] the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new|
|Synonyms:||founding creation initiation institution introduction innovation instauration origination|
"she looked forward to her initiation as an adult" "the foundation of a new scientific society" "he regards the fork as a modern introduction"
|Related terms:||beginning authorship establish establish originate introduce commit initiate|