Definitions of foundation

  1. the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; " the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
  2. an institution supported by an endowment
  3. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
  7. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
  8. The basis or lowest part of a structure; groundwork; the principles or origin of anything; an endowment or gift of money to support an institution.
  9. The act of founding: the base of a building: the groundwork or basis: a permanent fund for the support of anything.
  10. Act of founding; groundwork or basis; permanent fund.
  11. The act of founding; base; basis.
  12. An endowment; endowed institution.
  13. The act of founding; that part of a structure which rests on the ground; the base or groundwork of anything; origin; endowment appropriated to support an institution; an endowed institution; institution.
  14. The base of an edifice or building; the groundwork or origin of anything; an endowment; an institution.