What is the difference between foundation and sill?

foundation | sill |

As nouns the difference between foundation and sill

is that foundation is the act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect while sill is (also window sill ) a horizontal slat which forms the base of a window or sill can be (uk) a young herring or sill can be the shaft or thill of a carriage.




(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



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) sille, selle, .


    (en noun)
  • (architecture) (also window sill ) A horizontal slat which forms the base of a window.
  • She looked out the window resting her elbows on the window sill .
  • (construction) A horizontal, structural member of a building near ground level on a foundation or pilings or lying on the ground in earth-fast construction and bearing the upright portion of a frame. Also spelled cill. Also called a ground plate, groundsill, sole, sole-plate, mudsill. An interrupted sill fits between posts instead of being below and supporting the posts in timber framing.
  • (geology) A horizontal layer of igneous rock between older rock beds.
  • * 1980 , U.S. Government Printing Office, Geological Survey Professional Paper, Volume 1119
  • Minor palingenetic magmas probably were generated at this time and intruded the mantling rocks in the form of small sills and apophyses;
  • A piece of timber across the bottom of a canal lock for the gates to shut against.
  • (anatomy) A raised area at the base of the nasal aperture in the skull.
  • the nasal sill
    Usage notes
    Usually spelled cill when used in the context of canal or river engineering.
    Derived terms
    * mudsill * groundsill * window sill

    Etymology 2

    Compare sile.


    (en noun)
  • (UK) A young herring.
  • Etymology 3

    Compare thill.


    (en noun)
  • The shaft or thill of a carriage.
  • Anagrams

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