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Another word for foundation

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Noun
  1. The act of founding or establishing

    See also:

    start

  2. The lowest or supporting part or structure

    See also:

    over

  3. That on which something immaterial, such as an argument or a charge, rests

    See also:

    over

  4. A fundamental principle or underlying concept

      1. A fundamental element, principle, or skill, as of a field of learning:
      2. Something in an incipient or undeveloped form:
      3. An imperfectly or incompletely developed organ or part.
      1. The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.
      2. Any of various other underground plant parts, especially an underground stem such as a rhizome, corm, or tuber.
      3. The embedded part of an organ or structure such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, that serves as a base or support.
      1. Of or relating to the foundation or base; elementary:
      2. Forming or serving as an essential component of a system or structure; central:
      3. Of great significance or entailing major change:
      1. A stone at the corner of a building uniting two intersecting walls; a quoin.
      2. Such a stone, often inscribed, laid at a ceremony marking the origin of a building.
      3. An indispensable and fundamental basis:
      1. A foundation upon which something rests.
      2. The chief constituent; the fundamental ingredient:
      3. The fundamental principle.
      1. The lowest or bottom part:
      2. The part of a plant or animal organ that is nearest to its point of attachment.
      3. The point of attachment of such an organ.
    See also:

    over

  5. A justifying fact or consideration

      1. A judicial writ authorizing the search or seizure of property, arrest of a person, or the execution of a legal judgment.
      2. A voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
      3. An option to buy stock at a specified price from an issuing company.
      1. The basis or motive for an action, decision, or conviction:
      2. A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
      3. A fact or cause that explains why something exists or has occurred:
      1. The act of justifying.
      2. The condition or fact of being justified.
      3. Something, such as a fact or circumstance, that justifies:
      1. A foundation upon which something rests.
      2. The chief constituent; the fundamental ingredient:
      3. The fundamental principle.
    See also:

    true

Another word for foundation

Noun
  1. An intellectual basis

    See also:

    basis

  2. A physical basis

      1. A quantity of objects stacked or thrown together in a heap.
      2. A large accumulation or quantity:
      3. A large amount of money:
      1. Either of two inset abutments sloped to support an arch.
      1. The rectangular, usually steel frame, supported on springs and attached to the axles, that holds the body and motor of an automotive vehicle.
      2. The landing gear of an aircraft, including the wheels, skids, floats, and other structures that support the aircraft on land or water.
      3. The frame on which a gun carriage moves forward and backward.
      1. A squared-off log or a large, oblong piece of timber, metal, or stone used especially as a horizontal support in construction.
      2. A transverse structural member of a ship's frame, used to support a deck and to brace the sides against stress.
      3. The breadth of a ship at the widest point.
      1. A temporary platform, either supported from below or suspended from above, on which workers sit or stand when performing tasks at heights above the ground.
      2. A raised wooden framework or platform.
      3. A platform used in the execution of condemned prisoners, as by hanging or beheading.
      1. A structure for supporting or enclosing something else, especially a skeletal support used as the basis for something being constructed.
      2. An external work platform; a scaffold.
      3. A fundamental structure, as for a written work.
      1. The act or process of abutting.
      2. Something that abuts.
      3. The point of contact of two abutting objects or parts.
      1. a projecting structure, generally of brick or stone, built against a wall to support or reinforce it
      2. anything like a buttress; support or prop
      3. to support or reinforce with a buttress
      1. An architectural support or base, as for a column or statue.
      2. A support or foundation.
      3. A position of high regard or adoration.
      1. The long narrow stem or body of a spear or arrow.
      2. A spear or arrow.
      3. The handle of any of various tools or implements.
      1. A vertical structure usually consisting of a base, a cylindrical shaft, and a capital, used as a support or standing alone as a monument.
      2. Any slender vertical support, as of steel or reinforced concrete.
      3. Something resembling an architectural column in form or function:
      1. The internal structure that protects and supports the soft organs, tissues, and other parts of a vertebrate organism, and is composed of bone and cartilage or, in certain animals, cartilage alone.
      2. The hard external structure that supports, protects, or contains the body of many invertebrates, such as mollusks, crustaceans, and corals, and certain vertebrates, such as turtles.
      3. A supporting structure or framework, as of a building.
      1. An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.
      2. The basic facilities, services, and installations needed for the functioning of a community or society, such as transportation and communications systems, water and power lines, and public institutions including schools, post offices, and prisons.
      1. A slender, freestanding, vertical support; a column.
      2. Such a structure or one similar to it used for decoration.
      3. One who occupies a central or responsible position:
      1. A long piece of wood or other material set upright into the ground to serve as a marker or support.
      2. A support for a beam in the framework of a building.
      3. A terminal of a battery.
      1. A wide, low-pitched gable surmounting the façade of a building in the Grecian style.
      2. A triangular element, similar to or derivative of a Grecian pediment, used widely in architecture and decoration.
      3. A broad, gently sloping rock surface at the base of a steeper slope, often covered with alluvium, formed primarily by erosion.
      1. The land along the edge of an ocean, sea, lake, or river; a coast.
      2. Land; country:
      3. Land as opposed to water:
      1. The action of sliding or slipping over a surface, often sideways.
      2. A plank, log, or timber, usually one of a pair, used as a support or as a track for sliding or rolling heavy objects.
      3. A pallet for loading or handling goods, especially one having solid sideboards and no bottom.
      1. To continue to be in a place or condition:
      2. To remain or sojourn as a guest or lodger:
      3. To linger or wait in order to do or experience something:
      1. A long narrow pillow or cushion.
      2. To support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion.
      3. To buoy up or hearten:
      1. To rise to an upright position on the feet.
      2. To assume or maintain an upright position as specified:
      3. To maintain an upright position on the feet.
      1. An object placed beneath or against a structure to keep it from falling or shaking; a support.
      2. One that serves as a means of support or assistance.
      3. To support by placing something beneath or against; shore up.
      1. An underlying layer.
      2. A layer of earth beneath the surface soil; subsoil.
      3. A foundation or groundwork.
      1. To bear the weight of, especially from below; keep from falling, sinking, or slipping:
      2. To bear or hold up (an amount of weight):
      3. To keep from weakening or failing; give confidence or comfort to:
      1. The foundation upon which the ties, rails, and ballast of a railroad are laid.
      2. A layer of ballast directly under the ties.
      3. The foundation and surface of a road.
      1. A period of inactivity, relaxation, or sleep:
      2. Sleep or the refreshment resulting from inactivity or sleep:
      3. The repose of death:
      1. Material or masonry used to support a structure, such as a wall.
      2. A support or foundation:
      3. The human legs.
      1. The supporting structure underneath something, such as a vehicle or bridge.
      1. An upright structure of masonry, wood, plaster, or other building material serving to enclose, divide, or protect an area, especially a vertical construction forming an inner partition or exterior siding of a building.
      2. A continuous structure of masonry or other material forming a rampart and built for defensive purposes.
      3. A structure of stonework, cement, or other material built to retain a flow of water.
      1. The supporting part of a structure; the foundation.
      2. The earth bank or bed supporting railroad tracks.
      1. The deepest or lowest part:
      2. The part closest to a reference point:
      3. The underside:
      1. A place where one rests or may rest.
      1. The solid surface of the earth.
      2. The floor of a body of water, especially the sea.
      3. Soil; earth:
      1. A piece of furniture for reclining and sleeping, typically consisting of a flat, rectangular frame and a mattress resting on springs.
      2. A bedstead.
      3. A mattress.
      1. A platform extending from a shore over water and supported by piles or pillars, used to secure, protect, and provide access to ships or boats.
      2. Such a structure used predominantly for entertainment.
      3. A supporting structure at the junction of connecting spans of a bridge.
      1. The substructure or foundation of a building.
      2. The lowest habitable story of a building, usually below ground level.
      3. A complex of undifferentiated igneous and metamorphic rocks underlying sedimentary strata.
      1. The lower extremity of the vertebrate leg that is in direct contact with the ground in standing or walking.
      2. A structure used for locomotion or attachment in an invertebrate animal, such as the muscular organ extending from the ventral side of a mollusk.
      3. The lowest part; the bottom:
      1. Secure placement of the feet in standing or moving.
      2. A surface or its condition with respect to its suitability for walking or running, especially the condition of a racetrack.
      3. A secure place for the feet; a foothold.
      1. The lowest or bottom part:
      2. The part of a plant or animal organ that is nearest to its point of attachment.
      3. The point of attachment of such an organ.
  3. That which has been founded

      1. A source of supply; a stock:
      2. A sum of money or other resources set aside for a specific purpose:
      3. Available money; ready cash:
      1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving.
      2. Something given to help the needy; alms.
      3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
      1. The act of associating or the state of being associated.
      2. An organized body of people who have an interest, activity, or purpose in common; a society.
      3. A mental connection or relation between thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations.
      1. An entity such as a business, municipality, or organization, that involves more than one person but that has met the legal requirements to operate as a single person, so that it may enter into contracts and engage in transactions under its own identity.
      2. Such a body created for purposes of government.
      3. A group of people combined into or acting as one body.
      1. The position or function of a trustee.
      2. The condition of being in a trust relationship.
      3. Administration of a territory by a country or countries so commissioned by the United Nations.
      1. An association of persons of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards.
      2. A similar association, as of merchants or artisans, in medieval times.
      3. A group of species in a community that use similar environmental resources in a similar way, such as a group of songbirds that all glean insects from leaves.
      1. A group of persons:
      2. One's companions or associates:
      3. A guest or guests:
      1. The act of establishing.
      2. The condition or fact of being established.
      3. An arranged order or system, especially a legal code.
      1. The totality of people regarded as forming a community of interdependent individuals:
      2. A group of people broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture:
      3. An organization or association of persons engaged in a common profession, activity, or interest:
      1. To establish, organize, or introduce:
      2. To initiate; begin:
      3. To establish or invest (someone) in an office or position.
      1. The act of endowing.
      2. Funds or property donated to an institution, individual, or group as a source of income.
      3. A natural gift, ability, or quality.
      1. The act or process of organizing:
      2. The state or manner of being organized:
      3. A manner of accomplishing something in an orderly or efficient way:
      1. The act of instituting:
      2. A custom, practice, relationship, or behavioral pattern of importance in the life of a community or society:
      3. One long associated with a specified place, position, or function.
  4. The act of founding