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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n foundation 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"
    • n foundation lowest support of a structure "it was built on a base of solid rock","he stood at the foot of the tower"
    • n foundation a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
    • n foundation the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
    • n foundation education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study","a good grounding in mathematics"
    • n foundation an institution supported by an endowment
    • n foundation the basis on which something is grounded "there is little foundation for his objections"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ancient Church Foundation, Strasburg Ancient Church Foundation, Strasburg
Excavated foundation of a late 17th-century prototype of the Baltimore and Philadelphia row houses. Six families could have lived here Excavated foundation of a late 17th-century prototype of the Baltimore and Philadelphia row houses. Six families...
Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has three brick fireboxes and a large brick chimney. This structure was probably a brew house, bakery, or distillery Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has...
Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Discovered in the foundations of Dudley Castle near Birmingham, England, these condoms were made from fish and animal intestines and dated back to 1640.
    • Foundation A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment. "He was entered on the foundation of Westminster."
    • Foundation 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."
    • Foundation That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity; as, the Ford Foundation . "Against the canon laws of our foundation ."
    • Foundation The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
    • Foundation (Arch) The lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course (see Base course, under Base n.) and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The dirt extracted to build the foundation of the World Trade Center in New York City was dumped into the Hudson River. The community of Battery City Park now resides on that dirt.
    • n foundation The act of founding, originating, or beginning to raise or build; the act of establishing.
    • n foundation The solid ground or substructure on which the walls of a building rest; also, the lowest division of the building or wall, which is generally below the surface of the ground.
    • n foundation Hence The basis or groundwork of anything; that on which anything stands and by which it is supported or confirmed.
    • n foundation A fund invested for a benevolent or charitable purpose; a donation or legacy for the support of an institution, as a school or hospital, or of some specific object, as a college professorship, a ward in a hospital, etc.; an endowment.
    • n foundation That which is founded or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
    • n foundation In crochet, knitting, etc., the first stitches put upon the needles, to which all that follows is secured.
    • n foundation Same as foundation-muslin and -net.
    • n foundation In apiculture, a sheet of wax, artificially shaped to resemble the foundation of a comb, attached to the slats or bars of a hive, or placed in a honey-frame, to induce the bees to build combs where desired; a guide-comb.
    • n foundation In ship-building, any part of a ship's structure which is built up or specially reinforced to support heavy weights, as engines and boilers, turrets, guns, boat-cranes, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 403 steps from the foundation to the top of the torch in the Statue of Liberty.
    • ns Foundation the act of founding: the base of a building: the groundwork or basis: a permanent fund for a benevolent purpose or for some special object
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  • Anthony Robbins
    “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
  • Lech Walesa
    Lech Walesa
    “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I se it, is service to a fellow human being.”
  • John Adams
    “Fear is the foundation of most government.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Good order is the foundation of all great things.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “The loftier the building the deeper the foundation must be.”
  • Charles C. West
    Charles C. West
    “We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fondation, L. fundatio,. See Found to establish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. fonder—L. fundāre, -ātum, to found—fundus, the bottom.


In literature:

The corn is supposed to turn a different colour along the lines of the foundations.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The doctrine as thus stated is clearly the foundation of the whole system of Calvinism.
"The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election" by Robert Wallace
God himself has thus laid the foundations of civil society deep in the nature of man.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Some were of old Roman foundation, such as Lincoln and Gloucester.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
And it is this instinctive sense of obligation that is the chief foundation of society.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Twine to form foundations.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
For the lower course, the size is not particularly important except where the earth foundation is such as to require special construction.
"American Rural Highways" by T. R. Agg
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
The foundations that can still be traced show that it was a grand old building.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
So it would seem that if this form of the theory is utterly destitute of proof, the whole biological foundation of the theory is gone.
"The Church, the Schools and Evolution" by J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant

In poetry:

He has read how good and evil,--
In creation's wild upheaval,--
Warred; while God wrought terrible
At foundations red of Hell.
"Processional" by Madison Julius Cawein
The gospel bears my spirit up;
A faithful and unchanging God
Lays the foundation for my hope
In oaths, and promises, and blood.
"Hymn 139" by Isaac Watts
We will not talk about the past,
We will not ponder ancient pain;
Those are but deep foundations cast
For peaks of soaring gain!
"To My Aging Friends" by George MacDonald
But ere this spacious world was made,
Or had its first foundation laid,
Thy throne eternal ages stood,
Thyself the ever-living God.
"Psalm 93" by Isaac Watts
God in his earthly temple lays
Foundations for his heav'nly praise:
He likes the tents of Jacob well,
But still in Zion loves to dwell.
"Psalm 87" by Isaac Watts
For ever firm thy justice stands,
As mountains their foundations keep;
Wise are the wonders of thy hands;
Thy judgments are a mighty deep.
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Stu Bradley, left, of the Marquette County Community Foundation presents the foundation's Business Catalyst Award to Jeff Stasser, center, and Todd Kind of Down Wind Sport.
JACKSON — The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (CFGJ) has just established the Mississippi Nurses Foundation (MNF) Endowment Fund .
Virtualization giant VMware made headlines this week when it announced it would join the OpenStack Foundation to make its cloud services compatible with the foundation's open-source standards.
Finalist of The French-American Foundation and The Florence Gould Foundation's Best English Translation of French Prose in Fiction.
Stoup is paddling to raise money and awareness for High Fives Foundation ( and the Ice Axe Foundation (www. iceaxe .org).
My first real exposure to the Ashley Lauren Foundation was at the Giants practice facility where I saw the Foundation give New Jersey kids battling cancer a chance to meet their favorite football heroes, including Eli Manning.
California Forward, founded in 2007 by five foundations – California Endowment, Haas Fund, Hewlett Foundation, Irvine Foundation and Packard Foundation – began with such promise.
The Iroquois Federal Foundation donated a $10,000 grant to the college's foundation.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Koshare Foundation.
The BoatUS Foundation Facebook page provides updates on all Foundation programs, discussions on boating safety and clean boating topics, short practical safety videos and much more.
30 pm, local band Luna Lune holds their album release party in support of the Forever Young Foundation and the project the foundation created for a lost band member, Sophie's Place.
This foundation, that foundation, this friend in need, that stranger with the brain tumor and three children.
Robert C Enlow is president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the legacy foundation of the late Nobel laureate Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose.
The Field Museum and The Leakey Foundation sponsor a presentation by Dr Jean Clottes, a Leakey Foundation grantee and prominent French prehistorian.
'Freja: Explosion Event For Faurschou Foundation', realized on-site outside Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 6 2012.

In science:

This research was supported by NASA via grants NAG 5-8658 and NAGW-4517 and by the National Science Foundation under Grants No.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Compte, “Stochastic foundations of fractional dynamics,” Phys.
On Fractional Diffusion and its Relation with Continuous Time Random Walks
Appendix B lays the foundations for the theory of LRBs; in particular, it is here that we reconcile the definition given in Section 1.1 with the one in Section 2.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
This work was partially supported by Hungarian Science Foundation grants No.
Grand Unification Signal from Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays?
Primas, in: Symposium on the Foundations of Modern Physics 1990, Joensuu, Finland.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle