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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A foundation; a basis. See Synonyms at base1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The foundation; the basic or fundamental parts that support or allow for the rest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which forms the foundation or support of anything; the basis; the essential or fundamental part; first principle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which forms the foundation of something; the foundation or basis; the fundamental part, principle, or motive: used of both material and immaterial things.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lowest support of a structure
  • n. preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation
  • n. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

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