Definitions for: Founder


[n] a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
[n] a worker who makes metal castings
[n] inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse
[v] stumble and nearly fall; of horses
[v] break down, literally or metaphorically; "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"
[v] sink below the surface
[v] fail utterly; collapse; "The project foundered"



Webster (1913) Definition: Found"er, n. [Cf. OF. fondeor, F. fondateur, L.
fundator.]
One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a
foundation; an author; one from whom anything originates; one
who endows.


Found"er, n. [From Found to cast.]
One who founds; one who casts metals in various forms; a
caster; as, a founder of cannon, bells, hardware, or types.

Fonder's dust. Same as Facing, 4.

Founder's sand, a kind of sand suitable for purposes of
molding.


Found"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Foundered; p. pr. &
vb. n. Foundering.] [OF. fondrer to fall in, cf. F.
s'effondrer, fr. fond bottom, L. fundus. See Found to
establish.]
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 fear['e] gan to turn, And leep
aside, and foundrede as he leep. --Chaucer.

3. To fail; to miscarry. ``All his tricks founder.'' --Shak.


Found"er, v. t.
To cause internal inflammation and soreness in the feet or
limbs of (a horse), so as to disable or lame him.


Found"er, n. (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.

Synonyms: beginner, break, cave in, collapse, fall flat, fall in, fall through, father, flop, founding father, give, give way, laminitis

See Also: bell founder, buckle, change, cofounder, coloniser, colonizer, conceiver, crumple, fail, flop, foundress, go down, go off, go under, go wrong, implode, inflammation, mastermind, miscarry, originator, redness, rubor, settle, sink, skilled worker, slide down, slump, stumble, trained worker, trip

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