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FOUNDA'TION, n. [L. fundatio, fundo.]

1. The basis of an edifice; that part of a building which lies on the ground; usually a wall of stone which supports the edifice.

2. The act of fixing the basis.

3. The basis or ground work, or any thing; that on which any thing stands, and by which it is supported. A free government has its foundation in the choice and consent of the people to be governed. Christ is the foundation of the church.

Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone - a precious cornerstone. Is. 28.

Other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1Cor. 3.

4. Original; rise; as the foundation of the world.

5. Endowment; a donation or legacy appropriated to support an institution, and constituting a permanent fund, usually for a charitable purpose.

6. Establishment; settlement.



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FOUNDA'TION, n. [L. fundatio, fundo.]

1. The basis of an edifice; that part of a building which lies on the ground; usually a wall of stone which supports the edifice.

2. The act of fixing the basis.

3. The basis or ground work, or any thing; that on which any thing stands, and by which it is supported. A free government has its foundation in the choice and consent of the people to be governed. Christ is the foundation of the church.

Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone - a precious cornerstone. Is. 28.

Other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1Cor. 3.

4. Original; rise; as the foundation of the world.

5. Endowment; a donation or legacy appropriated to support an institution, and constituting a permanent fund, usually for a charitable purpose.

6. Establishment; settlement.

FOUN-DA'TION, n. [L. fundatio; Fr. fondation; from L. fundo.]

  1. The basis of an edifice; that part of a building which lies on the ground; usually a wall of stone which supports the edifice.
  2. The act of fixing the basis. Tickel.
  3. The basis or ground-work of any thing; that on which any thing stands, and by which it is supported. A free government has its foundation in the choice and consent of the people to be governed. Christ is the foundation of the church. Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone – a precious corner-stone. Is. xxviii. Other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. iii.
  4. Original; rise; as, the foundation of the world.
  5. Endowment; a donation or legacy appropriated to support an institution, and constituting a permanent fund, usually for a charitable purpose.
  6. Establishment; settlement.

Foun*da"tion
  1. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
  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.

    Behold, I lay in Zion, for a foundation, a stone . . . a precious corner stone, a sure foundation. Is. xxviii. 16.

    The foundation of a free common wealth. Motley.

  3. The lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course (see Base course (a), under Base, n.) and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry.
  4. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.

    He was entered on the foundation of Westminster. Macaulay.

  5. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.

    Against the canon laws of our foundation. Milton.

    Foundation course. See Base course, under Base, n. -- Foundation muslin, an open-worked gummed fabric used for stiffening dresses, bonnets, etc. -- Foundation school, in England, an endowed school. -- To be on a foundation, to be entitled to a support from the proceeds of an endowment, as a scholar or a fellow of a college.

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Foundation

FOUNDA'TION, noun [Latin fundatio, fundo.]

1. The basis of an edifice; that part of a building which lies on the ground; usually a wall of stone which supports the edifice.

2. The act of fixing the basis.

3. The basis or ground work, or any thing; that on which any thing stands, and by which it is supported. A free government has its foundation in the choice and consent of the people to be governed. Christ is the foundation of the church.

Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone - a precious cornerstone. Isaiah 28:16.

Other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:10.

4. Original; rise; as the foundation of the world.

5. Endowment; a donation or legacy appropriated to support an institution, and constituting a permanent fund, usually for a charitable purpose.

6. Establishment; settlement.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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RELUCTA'TION, n. Repugnance; resistance.

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