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foundation as in the basis on which something is grounded
  • "there is little foundation for his objections"
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foundation as in an institution supported by an endowment
    foundation as in lowest support of a structure
    • "it was built on a base of solid rock"
    • "he stood at the foot of the tower"

    Synonyms

    • base use as a basis for; situate as a center of operations; use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes ; serving as or forming a base; of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; not adhering to ethical or moral principles; having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; illegitimate ; debased; installation from which a military force initiates operations; lowest support of a structure; a place that the runner must touch before scoring; the bottom or lowest part; (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; a lower limit; the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; a support or foundation; a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water; the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed; the most important or necessary part of something; (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end ; a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area; the principal ingredient of a mixture; a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
    • fundament the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; lowest support of a structure
    • foot pay for something; walk; add a column of numbers ; the part of the leg of a human being below the ankle joint; a linear unit of length equal to 12 inches or a third of a yard; the lower part of anything; the pedal extremity of vertebrates other than human beings ; lowest support of a structure; any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates ; travel by walking; a member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger ; an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot; (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm ; a support resembling a pedal extremity
    • groundwork the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; lowest support of a structure; preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation
    • substructure the basic structure or features of a system or organization ; lowest support of a structure
    • understructure lowest support of a structure
    foundation as in education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge
    • "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"
    • "a good grounding in mathematics"

    Synonyms

    • grounding education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; fastening electrical equipment to earth
    foundation as in the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
    • "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

    Synonyms

    • basis a relation that provides the foundation for something; the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; the most important or necessary part of something
    • base use as a basis for; situate as a center of operations; use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes ; serving as or forming a base; of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; not adhering to ethical or moral principles; having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; illegitimate ; debased; installation from which a military force initiates operations; lowest support of a structure; a place that the runner must touch before scoring; the bottom or lowest part; (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; a lower limit; the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; a support or foundation; a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water; the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed; the most important or necessary part of something; (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end ; a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area; the principal ingredient of a mixture; a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
    • fundament the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; lowest support of a structure
    • groundwork the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; lowest support of a structure; preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation
    • cornerstone the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls
    foundation as in a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body

      Synonyms

      • foundation garment a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
      foundation as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • initiation a formal entry into an organization or position or office; the act of starting something for the first time; wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge; an act that sets in motion some course of events
      • founding the act of starting something for the first time
      • institution an organization founded and united for a specific purpose ; an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated ; a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society; the act of starting something for the first time; a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
      • origination an event that is a beginning; the act of starting something for the first time
      • creation the human act of creating ; an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone ; the event that occurred at the beginning of something; the act of starting something for the first time; (theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence ; everything that exists anywhere
      • innovation a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation ; the creation of something in the mind ; the act of starting something for the first time
      • introduction the act of beginning something new; the first section of a communication ; formally making a person known to another or to the public ; a basic or elementary instructional text ; a new proposal; the act of putting one thing into another ; the act of starting something for the first time
      • instauration the act of starting something for the first time

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