groundwork

Definitions of groundwork
  1. noun
    preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation
    “we are prepared today because of groundwork that was done ten years ago”
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    preparation, readying
    the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose
  2. noun
    the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
    synonyms: base, basis, cornerstone, foundation, fundament
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    meat and potatoes
    the fundamental part
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    assumption, supposal, supposition
    a hypothesis that is taken for granted
  3. noun
    lowest support of a structure
    synonyms: base, foot, foundation, fundament, substructure, understructure
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    bed
    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
    roadbed
    a bed supporting a road
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    support
    supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
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