The basic structure on which a house
will sit. A foundation can be concrete slab, pier
and beams, crawl space, or basement.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
foundation (noun)
the act of - founding
a basis (as a tenet, principle, or axiom) upon which something stands or is supported - the foundations of geometry the rumor is without foundation in fact
a) funds given for the permanent support of an institution - endowment
b) an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance
an underlying base or support , especially the whole masonry substructure of a building
a) a body or ground upon which something is built up or overlaid
b) a woman's supporting undergarment - corset
c) a cosmetic usually used as a base for makeup
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
foundation (noun)
a public organization with a particular purpose or function
establishment, foundation, institute
body, collective, group; corporation, enterprise; charity, philanthropy; think tank
foundation (noun)
an immaterial thing upon which something else rests
basis, bedrock, bottom, cornerstone, footing, foundation, ground, groundwork, keystone, root, underpinning, warp, warp and woof
anchorage, bed, brace, bulwark, buttress, framework, infrastructure, mount, prop, shore, stay, substratum, substructure, support; assumption, justification, premise ( premiss), presumption, presupposition, rationale, supposition, theory, thesis, warrant; backbone, center, core, cornerstone, eye, focus, heart, hub, kernel, keystone, nucleus, seat; essence, quintessence, soul, touchstone
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