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English noun: fundament

1. fundament (cognition) the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

SamplesThe whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture.

Synonymsbase, basis, cornerstone, foundation, groundwork

Broader (hypernym)assumption, supposal, supposition

Narrower (hyponym)meat and potatoes

Part meronymexplanation

2. fundament (body) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

SamplesHe deserves a good kick in the butt.
Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?.

Synonymsarse, ass, backside, behind, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush

Broader (hypernym)body part

Part meronymbody, torso, trunk

3. fundament (artifact) lowest support of a structure

SamplesIt was built on a base of solid rock.
He stood at the foot of the tower.

Synonymsbase, foot, foundation, groundwork, substructure, understructure

Broader (hypernym)support

Narrower (hyponym)bed, raft foundation

Part meronymconstruction, structure

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