Foundation course
Foundation Foun*da"tion, n. [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See {Found} to establish.] 1. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Behold, I lay in Zion, for a foundation, a stone . . . a precious corner stone, a sure foundation. --Is. xxviii. 16. [1913 Webster]

The foundation of a free common wealth. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment. [1913 Webster]

He was entered on the foundation of Westminster. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

5. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity; as, the Ford Foundation. [1913 Webster]

Against the canon laws of our foundation. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • foundation course — Base Base, n. [F. base, L. basis, fr. Gr. ba sis a stepping, step, a base, pedestal, fr. bai nein to go, step, akin to E. come. Cf. {Basis}, and see {Come}.] 1. The bottom of anything, considered as its support, or that on which something rests… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foundation course — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms foundation course : singular foundation course plural foundation courses in the UK, a course at university or college that covers a range of subjects at a basic level and prepares students for a longer, more… …   English dictionary

  • foundation course — foun dation ,course noun count in the U.K., a course at a university or college that covers a range of subjects at a basic level and prepares students for a longer, more advanced course …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • foundation course — foun dation .course n BrE a general course of study that introduces students to a subject, and is taught in the first year at some universities in Britain …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • foundation course — noun Brit. a preparatory course taken at some colleges and universities …   English new terms dictionary

  • foundation course — noun (C) BrE a course of study including several different subjects, taught in the first year at some universities in Britain …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Foundation Course to Indian Civil Services — is an introductory course designed for the fresh recruits to the various civil services in India. The Foundation Course, (also called FC) introduces the young civil servants to the various avenues of governance, as well as serves as launching pad …   Wikipedia

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