Definition for FOUN-DA'TION

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.

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