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founder Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse
  2. noun a person who founds or establishes some institution
    founding father; father; beginner.
    • George Washington is the father of his country
  3. noun a worker who makes metal castings
  4. verb fail utterly; collapse
    flop; fall through; fall flat.
    • The project foundered
  5. verb sink below the surface
  6. verb break down, literally or metaphorically
    collapse; give; give way; break; cave in; fall in.
    • The wall collapsed
    • The business collapsed
    • The dam broke
    • The roof collapsed
    • The wall gave in
    • The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice
  7. verb stumble and nearly fall
    • the horses foundered

Found"er noun
Cf. OF. fondeor, F. fondateur, L. fundator.
  1. One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a foundation; an author; one from whom anything originates; one who endows.
Found"er noun
From Found to cast.
  1. One who founds; one who casts metals in various forms; a caster; as, a founder of cannon, bells, hardware, or types.
Found"er intransitive verb
OF. fondrer to fall in, cf. F. s'effondrer, fr. fond bottom, L. fundus. See Found to establish.
imperfect & past participle Foundered ; present participle & verbal noun Foundering
  1. (Naut.) To become filled with water, and sink, as a ship.
  2. To fall; to stumble and go lame, as a horse.
    For which his horse fearé gan to turn, And leep aside, and foundrede as he leep. Chaucer.
  3. To fail; to miscarry. "All his tricks founder." Shak.
Found"er transitive verb
  1. To cause internal inflammation and soreness in the feet or limbs of (a horse), so as to disable or lame him.
Found"er noun
  1. (Far.) (a) A lameness in the foot of a horse, occasioned by inflammation; closh. (b) An inflammatory fever of the body, or acute rheumatism; as, chest founder. See Chest ffounder. James White.

Webster 1913

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