Definitions of groundwork

n preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation

“we are prepared today because of groundwork that was done ten years ago”
Type of:
preparation, readying
the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose

n the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

base, basis, cornerstone, foundation, fundament
meat and potatoes
the fundamental part
Type of:
assumption, supposal, supposition
a hypothesis that is taken for granted

n lowest support of a structure

base, foot, foundation, fundament, substructure, understructure
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a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track
raft foundation
a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete
railroad bed
a bed on which railroad track is laid
a bed supporting a road
Type of:
supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

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