Help: Construction vocabulary
September 16, 2019 9:12 AM   Subscribe

In construction engineering, can the following be correct?

"...not a good soil on which to found a house." Can the word "found" be used this way, or is it ever? The context is stabilizing the home's foundation. Thanks.
posted by noelpratt2nd to Home & Garden (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Yes, that is a correct usage.
posted by jquinby at 9:21 AM on September 16, 2019 [2 favorites]


found, v.2

a. transitive. To lay the base or substructure of (a building, etc.); to set, fix, or build on a firm ground or base. (Sometimes used simply = build, erect.)

c1330 Arth. & Merl. 1443 Tel me now..Whi noman no may founde Castel here opon þis grounde.
1382 Bible (Wycliffite, E.V.) Matt. vii. 25 It felle nat doun, for it was foundid [a1425 L.V. foundun] on a stoon.
c1384 G. Chaucer Hous of Fame iii. 891 Yet hit [the house] is founded to endure.
a1400 (▸a1325) Cursor Mundi (Trin. Cambr.) l. 7876 hous bigon to founde.
c1400 Rom. Rose 4156 A sturdy wal, Which on a cragge was founded al.
1611 Bible (King James) Matt. vii. 25.
1752 D. Hume Ess. & Treat. (1777) II. 97 The built and founded.
posted by zamboni at 9:28 AM on September 16, 2019

Structural engineer here - agreed with the two posters above, it is correct usage.
posted by hootenatty at 10:54 AM on September 16, 2019

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