Meaning of FOUNDATION in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ fau̇n-ˈdā-shən ]


Date: 14th century

1. : the act of founding

2. : a basis (as a tenet, principle, or axiom) upon which something stands or is supported

the foundation s of geometry

the rumor is without foundation in fact


a. : funds given for the permanent support of an institution : endowment

b. : an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance

4. : an underlying base or support ; especially : the whole masonry substructure of a building


a. : a body or ground upon which something is built up or overlaid

b. : a woman's supporting undergarment : corset

c. : a cosmetic usually used as a base for makeup

• foun·da·tion·al -shnəl, -shə-n ə l adjective

• foun·da·tion·al·ly adverb

• foun·da·tion·less -shən-ləs adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.