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Noun: founder  fawn-du(r)
  1. Inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse
    - laminitis
     
  2. A person who founds or establishes some institution
    "George Washington is the founder of his country";
    - beginner, founding father, father
     
  3. A worker who makes metal castings
Verb: founder  fawn-du(r)
  1. Fail utterly; collapse
    "The project foundered";
    - fall through, fall flat, flop
     
  2. Sink below the surface
     
  3. Break down, literally or metaphorically
    "The wall foundered";
    - collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break
     
  4. Stumble and nearly fall
    "the horses foundered"

Derived forms: foundering, foundered, founders

See also: fall

Type of: change, conceiver, fail, go down, go under, go wrong, inflammation, mastermind, miscarry, originator, redness, rubor, settle, sink, skilled worker, skilled workman, stumble, trained worker, trip

Encyclopedia: Founder