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.