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Foundation vs. Backbone — What's the Difference?

Foundation vs. Backbone — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Foundation and Backbone

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Foundation

The lowest load-bearing part of a building, typically below ground level
Foundations were being dug for a block of flats
Build the arch resting on top of this solid foundation
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Backbone

The vertebrate spine or spinal column.
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Foundation

An underlying basis or principle
Physics, the foundation of all the sciences
Without stability, the country will not be able hold the elections that will lay the foundation for a peaceful and democratic future
This idea is the foundation of all modern economics
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Backbone

Something, such as the keel of a ship, that resembles a backbone.
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Foundation

The action of establishing an institution or organization
The foundation of a civil service college
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Backbone

The main support or major sustaining factor
The backbone of a thesis.
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Foundation

The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
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Backbone

Strength of character; determination
Displayed grit and backbone in facing adversity.
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Foundation

(Architecture) A wall or other structure, as of concrete or masonry, usually extending below ground level and forming the base upon which a building rests.
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Backbone

A ridge forming the principal axis of a mountain.
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Foundation

Something that gives rise to or supports something else.
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Backbone

The principal mountain ridge, range, or system of a region.
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Foundation

The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
The foundation of his institute has been wrought with difficulty.
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Backbone

(Chemistry) The main chain of atoms in a polymer.
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Foundation

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; underbuilding.
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Backbone

(Computers) A high-speed communications line that connects smaller, local networks to each other, especially in a wide area network.
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Foundation

(figurative) The result of the work to begin something; that which stabilizes and allows an enterprise or system to develop.
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Backbone

The series of vertebrae, separated by disks, that encloses and protects the spinal cord, and runs down the middle of the back in vertebrate animals.
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Foundation

(card games) In solitaire or patience games, one of the piles of cards that the player attempts to build, usually holding all cards of a suit in ascending order.
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Backbone

(figuratively) Any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure.
Before automobiles, railroads were a backbone of commerce.
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Foundation

(architecture) The lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry.
The foundations of this construction have been laid out.
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Backbone

(figuratively) Courage, fortitude, or strength.
He would make a good manager, if he had a little more backbone.
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Foundation

A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
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Backbone

The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column.
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Foundation

That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is the parent organization of the Wiktionary collaborative project.
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Backbone

Anything like , or serving the purpose of, a backbone.
The lofty mountains on the north side compose the granitic axis, or backbone of the country.
We have now come to the backbone of our subject.
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Foundation

(cosmetics) Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture.
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Backbone

Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness.
Shelley's thought never had any backbone.
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Foundation

A basis for social bodies or intellectual disciplines.
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Backbone

A central cohesive source of support and stability;
Faith is his anchor
The keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money
He is the linchpin of this firm
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Foundation

The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
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Backbone

Fortitude and determination;
He didn't have the guts to try it
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Foundation

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.
The foundation of a free common wealth.
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Backbone

The series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord;
The fall broke his back
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Foundation

A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
He was entered on the foundation of Westminster.
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Backbone

The part of a network that connects other networks together;
The backbone is the part of a communication network that carries the heaviest traffic
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Foundation

That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity; as, the Ford Foundation.
Against the canon laws of our foundation.
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Foundation

The basis on which something is grounded;
There is little foundation for his objections
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Foundation

An institution supported by an endowment
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Foundation

The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained;
The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture
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Foundation

Lowest support of a structure;
It was built on a base of solid rock
He stood at the foot of the tower
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Foundation

Education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge;
He lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study
A good grounding in mathematics
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Foundation

A woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
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Foundation

The act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new;
She looked forward to her initiation as an adult
The foundation of a new scientific society
He regards the fork as a modern introduction
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