- the basis or groundwork of anything: the moral foundation of both society and religion.
- the natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.
- the lowest division of a building, wall, or the like, usually of masonry and partly or wholly below the surface of the ground.
- the act of founding, setting up, establishing, etc.: a policy in effect since the foundation.
- the state of being founded.
- an institution financed by a donation or legacy to aid research, education, the arts, etc.: the Ford Foundation.
- an endowment for such an institution.
- a cosmetic, as a cream or liquid, used as a base for facial makeup.
- foundation garment.
- Solitaire. a card of given denomination on which other cards are to be added according to denomination or suit.
Origin of foundation
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Examples from the Web for foundational
Back then, property was understood by universal consensus as a foundational cornerstone of human liberty and a life worth living.How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
October 11, 2014
And we are, to my knowledge, the only nation that has hounding down joy written into our foundational documents.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
The separation of church (synagogue, mosque, etc.) and state is a foundational pillar of American democracy.Religious Freedom, or a License to Discriminate?
March 23, 2014
Polls show Americans now struggle to take our foundational institutions seriously.A New Constitution? We Can Hardly Handle The One We’ve Got!
February 6, 2014
Its foundational ideology, stripped of colonialist doubletalk, was simply one of white supremacy.Nelson Mandela Was Undeniably Great But He Doesn’t Need a Halo
December 6, 2013
There are courses that are foundational and that must therefore be governed by an eclectic aim.College Teaching
Liberal education and all the values attached to it are the foundational matrix of the current system of general education.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Still more significant is the increased mechanical efficiency in the foundational industries.The Evolution of Modern Capitalism
John Atkinson Hobson
It was this course that was looked forward to with the keenest curiosity as the foundational instruction given by the school.Foch the Man
Clara E. Laughlin
His fortissimo chords have hitherto lacked the foundational power and splendour of d'Albert's, Busoni's, and Rosenthal's.Franz Liszt
- that on which something is founded; basis
- (often plural) a construction below the ground that distributes the load of a building, wall, etc
- the base on which something stands
- the act of founding or establishing or the state of being founded or established
- an endowment or legacy for the perpetual support of an institution such as a school or hospital
- on the foundationentitled to benefit from the funds of a foundation
- an institution supported by an endowment, often one that provides funds for charities, research, etc
- the charter incorporating or establishing a society or institution and the statutes or rules governing its affairs
- a cosmetic in cream or cake form used as a base for make-up
- See foundation garment
- cards a card on which a sequence may be built
Word Origin and History for foundational
late 14c., "action of founding," from Old French fondacion (14c.) or directly from Latin fundationem (nominative fundatio) "a founding," noun of action from past participle stem of fundare (see found (v.1)). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by staþol. Meaning "that which is founded" (a college, hospital, etc.) is from 1510s; meaning "funds endowed" is early 15c. Sense of "solid base of a structure" is from late 15c.
- The basis on which something stands or is supported; a base.