Definition of fundament in US English:



  • 1The foundation or basis of something.

    • ‘This, in turn, has resulted from a wholly false conception of gender as a construct to be overthrown, not as a defining fundament of what makes human beings precisely human.’
    • ‘Rather, the very fundaments of affective experience become part of the structure of feeling; cause and effect perform a dance here in which neither quite leads nor quite follows.’
    • ‘Ziolkowsky began as a science fiction writer in the late 1800s, but later laid down some of the fundaments of rocket propulsion that are still used today.’
    • ‘The economic fundament of scarcity applies universally - and public goods are not exempt.’
    • ‘To walk the Naga Hills with Kevin is to understand a mind and a community that is extraordinarily attuned to the environment in which they thrive, and which has as its fundament, the concept that we know and call as sustainability.’
    • ‘How can you build a country if the fundament is not stable?’
    • ‘In these letters the fundaments of Reid's epistemology, moral philosophy, and philosophy of science can be found and used to clarify his published remarks.’
    • ‘Pace and positioning, those two fundaments upon which the Azzurri have constructed their defensive abstinence, will do for starters.’
    • ‘Employing at times such geometric fundaments as the grid and the cube, Hesse's sculpture often explored seriality and repetition through the deployment of industrial materials and modes of facture.’
    • ‘Most of these nations base the fundaments of their society on their religion, and try to live by it every day.’
    • ‘First, it offers a good overview of the fundaments of the theory of industrial location developed by Alfred Weber in the first third of the twentieth century.’
    • ‘Lippi is better at communicating his ideas - he's trying to bring the fundaments of his success at Juventus to this job.’
    • ‘It is this strange experience, says Rumi, which transmutes man into his own deepest nature, into the fundament of his self.’
    • ‘It is not ‘information’ but a fundament of subjectivity.’
    • ‘Mr Lenehan noted the paradox that while economic and market fundaments are down, prices in property continued to rise in European capitals and in the US.’
    • ‘All of the above but only because they make up so much of the fundament (almost all of the fundament, really) of Western culture.’
    • ‘The fundament of this is the ferment, containing ‘lactobacillus bulgaricus’.’
    • ‘Only renewed, prophetic churches, churches true to the fundaments of the faith, living as communities of resistance, can meet their baptismal commitments to Rachel's children in this dangerous time.’
    • ‘In addition to revisiting his early songwriting self, Hawkins has discovered a fundament of feeling for his bandfellows.’
    • ‘It means exercising profound, even godly humility, opening yourself to learn something previously unimaginable about the fundaments of your life with God-and to learn it from ‘the least of these.’’
    foundation, basis, keystone, mainspring, mainstay, linchpin, bedrock, base, key, fundamental principle, main ingredient, central component, centrepiece, core, heart, centre, focus, crux, prop, backbone, anchor
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  • 2formal, humorous A person's buttocks.

    • ‘The biggest laugh in the evening probably went to the distressed psychiatrist who claimed his auditory hallucinations took the form of the voice of the health secretary permanently emanating from his own fundament.’
    • ‘At this point the logic disappears up it's own fundament.’
    • ‘With Bush's eyes fixed somewhere above and beyond the firmament, there is every opportunity to belt him severely in the fundament.’
    • ‘About which I said, some of what's coming out these days, especially from a bunch of talented but self-conscious young American writers, can disappear up its own fundament.’
    • ‘The press release hyping Macy Gray's latest chart-topping album, The Id, disappears up its own fundament with the following.’
    • ‘It was not so much that her fundament had been booted into touch by the experienced Italian that had made her day, but that she had been there at all.’
    • ‘We'd best stop there before disappearing up our own fundament, but as Chairman Lou could have said, what goes around comes around, and frequently meets itself coming back.’
    • ‘The first priority of the British actress is not disappearing up her own fundament - and that's how we like it.’
    • ‘If you were to resign Bernard, if your whole party branch was to disappear up its own fundament, no one would ever know.’
    • ‘Is an external hard drive a good idea, or would that just be an almighty pain in the fundament?’
    • ‘You'll be happy to know that I pulled a heartwarming Father's Day column out of my fundament in 87 minutes.’
    • ‘In fact, the administration (who collectively have their head so far up their fundament that they can tell if they're getting cavities or not) doesn't even deign to tell us the results, normally.’
    • ‘I will not sit around on my fundament while they go out there, maybe get hurt or killed!’
    • ‘Paul Kedrosky, in the course of a sideways voyage up my fundament, dismisses my argument here as ‘studiously awry.’’
    • ‘Prescott may punch from the Left, but he governs from the Right, and talks from his fundament.’
    • ‘This seems to be the point where TV starts disappearing up its own fundament.’
    • ‘Danny Mills may be a heads-down, foot-up skinheaded blunderbuss of a footballer, but he certainly knows how to give the English language a good boot up the fundament to remind it it's in a game.’
    • ‘Colonel Everson about-turned, raised his boot and applied it heftily to his batman's fundament.’
    • ‘In particular, when called upon to explain the relevance of the reference, explain that you are not about to spoon-feed your opponent and advise him to get off his flaccid fundament and do some independent reading.’
    buttocks, behind, backside, rear, rear end, seat, haunches, cheeks
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Middle English (also denoting the base of a building, or the founding of a building or institution): from Old French fondement, from Latin fundamentum, from fundare ‘to found’.