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(1)   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"
(2)   Lowest support of a structure
"It was built on a base of solid rock"
"He stood at the foot of the tower"
(3)   A woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
(4)   The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
"The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
(5)   Education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge
"He lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"
"A good grounding in mathematics"
(6)   An institution supported by an endowment
(7)   The basis on which something is grounded
"There is little foundation for his objections"


  1. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
    The foundation of his institute has been wrought with difficulty.
  2. 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.
  3. The lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry.
    The foundations of this construction have been laid out.
  4. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
  5. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
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  6. Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture.