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Foundation vs. Cornerstone

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Foundationnoun

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

‘The foundation of his institute has been wrought with difficulty.’;

Cornerstonenoun

A stone forming the base at the corner of a building.

Foundationnoun

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.

Cornerstonenoun

Such a stone used ceremonially, often inscribed with the architect's and owner's names, dates and other details.

Foundationnoun

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

Cornerstonenoun

(figuratively) That which is prominent, fundamental, noteworthy, or central.

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Foundationnoun

(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.

Cornerstonenoun

the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained;

‘the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture’;

Foundationnoun

(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.’;

Cornerstonenoun

a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies

Foundationnoun

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

Cornerstonenoun

a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls

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Foundationnoun

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.’;

Cornerstonenoun

an important quality or feature on which a particular thing depends or is based

‘a national minimum wage remained the cornerstone of policy’;

Foundationnoun

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

Cornerstonenoun

a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls.

Foundationnoun

A basis for social bodies or intellectual disciplines.

Cornerstone

The cornerstone (or foundation stone or setting stone) is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. All other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.

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Foundationnoun

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

Foundationnoun

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.’;

Foundationnoun

The lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course (see Base course (a), under Base, n.) and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry.

Foundationnoun

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

‘He was entered on the foundation of Westminster.’;

Foundationnoun

That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity; as, the Ford Foundation.

‘Against the canon laws of our foundation.’;

Foundationnoun

the basis on which something is grounded;

‘there is little foundation for his objections’;

Foundationnoun

an institution supported by an endowment

Foundationnoun

the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained;

‘the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture’;

Foundationnoun

lowest support of a structure;

‘it was built on a base of solid rock’; ‘he stood at the foot of the tower’;

Foundationnoun

education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge;

‘he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study’; ‘a good grounding in mathematics’;

Foundationnoun

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

Foundationnoun

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’;

Foundationnoun

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’;

Foundationnoun

a coloured cream, powder, or liquid used as a base to even out facial skin tone before applying other cosmetics

‘apply moisturizer a few minutes before using foundation’; ‘a foundation brush’; ‘heavy foundations and concealers can contribute to dull skin and clogged pores’;

Foundationnoun

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’;

Foundationnoun

justification or reason

‘misleading accusations with no foundation’;

Foundationnoun

the action of establishing an institution or organization

‘the foundation of a civil service college’;

Foundationnoun

an institution established with an endowment, for example a research body or charity

‘charitable foundations’;

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