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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.