1. education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge

    Synonyms : grounding
    Type Of : education
    Examples :
    • he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study
  2. lowest support of a structure

    Synonyms : base, foot, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure
    Type Of : support
  3. a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body

    Synonyms : foundation garment
    Type Of : unmentionable, undergarment
  4. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

    Synonyms : base, basis, cornerstone, fundament, groundwork
    Type Of : supposal, supposition, assumption
  5. the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new

    Synonyms : creation, founding, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, introduction, origination
    Type Of : commencement, beginning, start
    Examples :
    • the foundation of a new scientific society
  6. an institution supported by an endowment

    Type Of : financial institution, financial organization, financial organisation
  7. the basis on which something is grounded

    Type Of : relation
    Examples :
    • there is little foundation for his objections


  1. fixed and unmoving

    Synonyms : rigid, set
    Examples :
    • with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare
  2. incapable of being changed or moved or undone; e.g.

    Synonyms : frozen
    Examples :
    • living on fixed incomes
  3. securely placed or fastened or set

    Antonyms : unfixed
    Examples :
    • a fixed piece of wood
    • a fixed resistor
  4. (of a number) having a fixed and unchanging value


  1. a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion

    Synonyms : fidgetiness, restlessness
    Type Of : agitation
    Examples :
    • he's got the fidgets
  2. move restlessly

    Type Of : move
    Examples :
    • The child is always fidgeting in his seat


  1. to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense)

    Synonyms : further
    Examples :
    • the application of the law was extended farther
    • he is going no farther in his studies
  2. more distant in especially degree

    Synonyms : further
    Examples :
    • farther from the truth
    • farther from our expectations
  3. to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is used more frequently than `further' in this physical sense)

    Synonyms : further
    Examples :
    • farther north
    • moved farther away
    • farther down the corridor
    • the practice may go back still farther to the Druids
  4. more distant in especially space or time

    Examples :
    • they live in the farther house


  1. (theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)

    Type Of : space


  1. in a frugal manner

    Examples :
    • in villages, the new pipeline marks the end of water as a precious liquid, to be dispensed frugally, weighed out drop by drop


  1. in an unqualified manner

    Synonyms : categorically, unconditionally
    Examples :
    • he flatly denied the charges


  1. the science of planting and caring for forests and the management of growing timber

    Type Of : biological science, biology


  1. the act of preventing something by anticipating and disposing of it effectively

    Synonyms : obviation, preclusion
    Type Of : bar, prevention


  1. extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent

    Synonyms : adoring, doting
    Examples :
    • hopelessly spoiled by a fond mother
  2. (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for

    Synonyms : partial
    Examples :
    • fond of chocolate
  3. having or displaying warmth or affection

    Synonyms : affectionate, lovesome, tender
    Examples :
    • a fond embrace
    • fond of his nephew
  4. absurd or silly because unlikely

    Examples :
    • fond hopes of becoming President
    • fond fancies