Floor vs Foundation - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between floor and foundation

is that floor is the bottom or lower part of any room; the supporting surface of a room while foundation is the act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.

As a verb floor

is to cover or furnish with a floor.




(en noun)
  • The bottom or lower part of any room; the supporting surface of a room.
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  • A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor ; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
  • Ground (surface of the Earth, as opposed to the sky or water or underground).
  • The lower inside surface of a hollow space.
  • A structure formed of beams, girders, etc, with proper covering, which divides a building horizontally into storeys/stories.
  • The supporting surface or platform of a structure such as a bridge.
  • A storey/story of a building.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor , where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. He had him gripped firmly by the arm, since he felt it was not safe to let him loose, and he had no immediate idea what to do with him.}}
  • In a parliament, the part of the house assigned to the members, as opposed to the viewing gallery.
  • Hence, the right to speak at a given time during a debate or other public event.
  • (label) That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal.
  • (label) The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit.
  • (label) A horizontal, flat ore body.
  • (Raymond)
  • (label) The largest integer less than or equal to a given number.
  • (label) An event performed on a floor-like carpeted surface.
  • (label) A lower limit on the interest rate payable on an otherwise variable-rate loan, used by lenders to defend against falls in interest rates. Opposite of a cap.
  • Synonyms

    * (right to speak) possession (UK)


    * ceiling


    (en verb)
  • To cover or furnish with a floor.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, […].}}
  • To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down.
  • * As soon as our driver saw an insurgent in a car holding a detonation device, he floored the pedal and was 2,000 feet away when that car bomb exploded. We escaped certain death in the nick of time!
  • To silence by a conclusive answer or retort.
  • * Floored or crushed by him. — Coleridge
  • To amaze or greatly surprise.
  • (colloquial) To finish or make an end of.
  • * I've floored my little-go work — ed Hughes
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    (en noun)
  • The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
  • 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; underbuilding.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The attack of the MOOCs , passage=Since the launch early last year of […] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations . University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.}}
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 20, author=Nathan Rabin, work=The Onion AV Club
  • , title= TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992) , passage=“Marge Gets A Job” opens with the foundation of the Simpson house tilting perilously to one side, making the family homestead look like the suburban equivalent of the Leaning Tower Of Pisa. }}
  • A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
  • That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
  • (cosmetics) Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture.
  • A basis for social bodies or intellectual disciplines.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too.

    Derived terms

    * foundation stone


    *(act of founding) establishment *groundwall


    *(act of founding) abolition, dissolution, ruination