Term:Foundation

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What is a building foundation? The foundation of a building is lowest point in a building which typically carries the load of the upper structure. It can be in or below the ground and built out of various materials. The most common foundation type is concrete and or concrete block. These are used because of their high strength and weight.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
foundation (noun)
1.
the act of - founding
2.
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
3.
a) funds given for the permanent support of an institution - endowment
b) an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance
4.
an underlying base or support , especially the whole masonry substructure of a building
5.
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