[n] the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
[n] lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
[n] a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
[n] the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
[n] education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics"
[n] an institution supported by an endowment
[n] the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little foundation for his objections"
base, base, basis, cornerstone, creation, foot, foundation garment, founding, fundament, fundament, grounding, groundwork, groundwork, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, origination, substructure, understructure