- A foundation is defined as an organization set up to finance or complete projects, usually for a non-profit organization such as a school or a church.
An example of a foundation is a charity that helps feed hungry children.
- Foundation means the supporting structure of a home.
An example of a foundation is the slab of cement that a house rests on.
- The definition of foundation is the skin colored makeup used as a base on the face before other makeup is applied.
An example of foundation is the creamy liquid that a woman applies to her skin before any other makeup.
- a founding or being founded; establishment
- an organization established to maintain, assist, or finance institutions or projects of a social, educational, charitable, religious, etc. nature, as by the making of grants
- the fund or endowment used by such an organization to carry out its programs
- an institution maintained by such a fund
- the base on which something rests; specif., the supporting part of a wall, house, etc., usually of masonry, concrete, etc., and at least partially underground
- the fundamental principle on which something is founded; basis
- a supporting material or part beneath an outer part
- foundation garment
- a cosmetic cream, liquid, etc. over which other makeup is applied
Origin of foundationMiddle English foundacioun from Old French fondation from Classical Latin fundatio from past participle of fundare: see found
- The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
- Architecture A wall or other structure, as of concrete or masonry, usually extending below ground level and forming the base upon which a building rests.
- Something that gives rise to or supports something else. See Synonyms at base1.
- a. Funds for the perpetual support of an institution; an endowment.b. An institution founded and supported by an endowment.
- A cosmetic used as a base for facial makeup.
- A supporting undergarment, such as a corset or girdle, designed to give the body a more desirable shape. Also called foundation garment .
Origin of foundationMiddle English fundacioun from Latin fundātiō fundātiōn- from fundātus past participle of fundāre to lay the groundwork for ; see found1.
- The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
- The foundation of his institute has been wrought with difficulty.
- (card games) In solitaire or patience games, one of the piles of cards that the player attempts to build, usually holding all cards of a suit in ascending order.
- (architecture) 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.
- A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
- That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
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- (cosmetics) Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture.
- A basis for social bodies or intellectual disciplines.
From Latin fundātiō.
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