foundation vs grounding what difference

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From Latin fundātiō.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /faʊnˈdeɪʃən/, [faʊ̯nˈdeɪ̯ʃn̩]
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


foundation (countable and uncountable, plural foundations)

  1. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
    Synonym: establishment
    Antonyms: abolition, dissolution, ruination
  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; underbuilding.
    Synonyms: groundwork, basis
  3. (figuratively) The result of the work to begin something; that which stabilizes and allows an enterprise or system to develop.
    Synonyms: groundwork, platform, stage
    • 2006, K P Yadav, Economic Planning And Restructuring, Sarup & Sons →ISBN, page 44
      The implication is that the Gandhian model of growth is possible, now that Nehru’s investment strategy had already laid a strong foundation for economic growth.
  4. (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.
  5. (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.
    Synonyms: base, groundwall
  6. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
  7. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
  8. (cosmetics) Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture.
  9. A basis for social bodies or intellectual disciplines.

Derived terms


Further reading

  • foundation on Wikipedia.Wikipedia



  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹaʊndɪŋ/


grounding (countable and uncountable, plural groundings)

  1. Fundamental knowledge or background in a field or discipline.
  2. The return to a fully conscious state after a psychedelic experience.
  3. The collision of a ship with ground beneath the surface of the water.
  4. The prevention of aircraft takeoff because of government action.
  5. (electrical engineering) The interconnecting metal chassis/frame of a device, appliance, machine, or metal raceway via a designated conductor to earth at the service panel. It may be bare or covered, and does not carry current in normal operation.
  6. The absorption of energy through visualized “roots” descending from oneself into the ground, using chi.
  7. The act by which a child is grounded (forbidden from going out, using electronics, etc.).
  8. The background of embroidery, etc.




  1. present participle of ground

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