Pronunciation: (foun-dā'shun), [key]
1. the basis or groundwork of anything: the moral foundation of both society and religion.
2. the natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.
3. the lowest division of a building, wall, or the like, usually of masonry and partly or wholly below the surface of the ground.
4. the act of founding, setting up, establishing, etc.: a policy in effect since the foundation.
5. the state of being founded.
6. an institution financed by a donation or legacy to aid research, education, the arts, etc.: the Ford Foundation.
7. an endowment for such an institution.
8. a cosmetic, as a cream or liquid, used as a base for facial makeup.
9. See foundation garment.
10. Solitaire.a card of given denomination on which other cards are to be added according to denomination or suit.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.