Definition of Founder

1. Noun. Inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse.

Exact synonyms: Laminitis
Generic synonyms: Inflammation, Redness, Rubor

2. Verb. Fail utterly; collapse. "The business is going to founder "; "The project foundered"
Exact synonyms: Fall Flat, Fall Through, Flop
Generic synonyms: Fail, Go Wrong, Miscarry
Derivative terms: Flop

3. Noun. A person who founds or establishes some institution. "George Washington is the father of his country"
Exact synonyms: Beginner, Father, Founding Father
Specialized synonyms: Cofounder, Coloniser, Colonizer, Foundress
Generic synonyms: Conceiver, Mastermind, Originator
Derivative terms: Begin, Found, Found

4. Verb. Sink below the surface.
Generic synonyms: Go Down, Go Under, Settle, Sink
Derivative terms: Foundering

5. Noun. A worker who makes metal castings.
Specialized synonyms: Bell Founder
Generic synonyms: Skilled Worker, Skilled Workman, Trained Worker

6. Verb. Break down, literally or metaphorically. "The business is going to founder "; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
Exact synonyms: Break, Cave In, Collapse, Fall In, Give, Give Way
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Go Off, Implode, Buckle, Crumple, Flop, Break, Sink, Slide Down, Slump
Related verbs: Abandon, Give Up, Burst, Collapse
Derivative terms: Cave In, Collapse, Collapse

7. Verb. Stumble and nearly fall. "The horses foundered"
Generic synonyms: Stumble, Trip

Definition of Founder

1. n. One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a foundation; an author; one from whom anything originates; one who endows.

2. n. One who founds; one who casts metals in various forms; a caster; as, a founder of cannon, bells, hardware, or types.

3. v. i. To become filled with water, and sink, as a ship.

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

5. n. A lameness in the foot of a horse, occasioned by inflammation; closh.

Definition of Founder

1. Noun. One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a foundation; an author; one from whom something originates; one who endows. ¹

2. Noun. (genetics) Someone for whose parents one has no data. ¹

3. Noun. The iron worker in charge of the blast furnace and the smelting operation. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) Of a ship, to fill with water and sink. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To fall; to stumble and go lame, as a horse. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To fail; to miscarry. ¹

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Definition of Founder

1. to become disabled [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Founder

1. A lameness in the foot of a horse, occasioned by inflammation; closh. An inflammatory fever of the body, or acute rheumatism; as, chest founder. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Founder

foundation garment
foundation stone
founder (current term)
founder cell
founder effect
founder effects
founder principle

Literary usage of Founder

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of Rome by Wilhelm Ihne (1871)
"_- the founder of Cures;1 and it shows the conception which the Latins and Sabines had of the divine descent generally attributed by them to the hero to ..."

2. The History of Rome by Wilhelm Ihne (1871)
"Servius as Servius Tullius, therefore, was considered the originator of founder of ^e Roman commonwealth, and this conception was so far the Roman justified ..."

3. The Christian Remembrancer by William Scott (1856)
"If the founder legally could order the one,1 he could legally order the other.2 And so we may say of the titles and privileges of the assistants and ..."

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