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 for foundation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foundation \Foun*da"tion\, n. [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See
     Found to establish.]
     1. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to
        erect.
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     2. 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.
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              Behold, I lay in Zion, for a foundation, a stone . .
              . a precious corner stone, a sure foundation. --Is.
                                                    xxviii. 16.
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              The foundation of a free common wealth. --Motley.
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     3. (Arch.) 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.
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     4. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable
        institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
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              He was entered on the foundation of Westminster.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     5. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an
        endowed institution or charity; as, the Ford Foundation.
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              Against the canon laws of our foundation. --Milton.
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     Foundation course. See Base course, under Base, n.
  
     Foundation muslin, an open-worked gummed fabric used for
        stiffening dresses, bonnets, etc.
  
     Foundation school, in England, an endowed school.
  
     To be on a foundation, to be entitled to a support from the
        proceeds of an endowment, as a scholar or a fellow of a
        college.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  foundation
      n 1: the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little
           foundation for his objections"
      2: an institution supported by an endowment
      3: lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of
         solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower" [syn:
         foundation, base, fundament, foot, groundwork,
         substructure, understructure]
      4: education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of
         knowledge; "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced
         study"; "a good grounding in mathematics" [syn: foundation,
         grounding]
      5: the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or
         developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument
         rested on a basis of conjecture" [syn: basis, base,
         foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone]
      6: a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of
         the body [syn: foundation garment, foundation]
      7: 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" [syn:
         initiation, founding, foundation, institution,
         origination, creation, innovation, introduction,
         instauration]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  238 Moby Thesaurus words for "foundation":
     A, a priori principle, affirmation, alpha, anchorage, appanage,
     apriorism, arrangement, assertion, assumed position, assumption,
     axiom, basal, base, baseboard, basement, basic, basic training,
     basis, bearing wall, bed, bedding, bedrock, beginning, blast-off,
     bottom, briefing, call, categorical proposition, cause, cellar,
     chassis, clearing the decks, clown white, cold cream, colonization,
     commencement, compact, constitution, cosmetics, creation,
     cutting edge, dado, data, dawn, dot, dower, dowry,
     drugstore complexion, edge, effectuation, endowment, equipment,
     establishment, eye shadow, eyebrow pencil, familiarization,
     first principles, fixation, fixing, floor, flooring, flying start,
     fond, foot, footing, formation, foundation cream, foundational,
     founding, frame, fresh start, fundament, fundamental, good reason,
     greasepaint, ground, grounds, groundwork, hand cream, hand lotion,
     hardpan, hypothesis, hypothesis ad hoc, inauguration, inception,
     infrastructure, initiation, installation, installment, institute,
     instituting, institution, investiture, investment, jointure,
     jump-off, keel, kick-off, leading edge, legal jointure, lemma,
     lip rouge, lipstick, lodgment, major premise, makeready, makeup,
     making ready, manufacture, marriage portion, mascara,
     material basis, materialization, minor premise, mobilization,
     mooring, mopboard, mudpack, nadir, nail polish, new departure,
     oncoming, onset, opening, organization, organizing, origin,
     origination, outbreak, outset, paint, pavement, peopling,
     philosopheme, philosophical proposition, pillar, planning,
     plantation, population, portion, position, postulate, postulation,
     postulatum, powder, powder puff, prearrangement, preliminaries,
     preliminary, preliminary act, preliminary step, premise, prep,
     preparation, preparatory study, preparing, prepping, prerequisite,
     presupposition, pretreatment, primary, principle, processing,
     propaedeutic, proposition, propositional function, provision, puff,
     purpose, radical, raison d'etre, rationale, readying, realization,
     reason, rest, right, riprap, rock, rock bottom, rouge, rudiment,
     running start, seat, send-off, setting in motion, setting-up,
     settlement, settling, shoemold, sill, sole, solid ground,
     solid rock, spadework, square one, start, start-off,
     starting point, statement, stereobate, stylobate, substance,
     substratum, substruction, substructure, sumption, supposal,
     take-off, talcum, talcum powder, terra firma, theorem, thesis,
     thirds, toe, tower, training, treatment, trial, truth table,
     truth-function, truth-value, tryout, underbuilding, undercarriage,
     undergirding, underlying, underpinning, understruction,
     understructure, vanishing cream, vanity case, wainscot, war paint,
     warm-up, warrant
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  foundation
  
     The axiom of foundation states that the membership relation is
     well founded, i.e. that any non-empty collection Y of sets has
     a member y which is disjoint from Y.  This rules out sets
     which contain themselves (directly or indirectly).
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  FOUNDATION. This word, in the English law, is taken in two senses, fundatio 
  incipiens, and fundatio perficiens. As to its political capacity, an act of 
  incorporation is metaphorically called its foundation but as to its 
  dotation, the first gift of revenues is called the foundation. 10 Co. 23, a. 
  
  

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