noun found·er \ˈfan-dər\

Definition of FOUNDER

:  one that founds or establishes

Origin of FOUNDER

First Known Use: 14th century


verb foun·der \ˈfan-dər\

: to experience failure : to be unsuccessful

of a boat or ship : to fill with water and sink

foun·deredfoun·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of FOUNDER

intransitive verb
:  to become disabled; especially :  to go lame
:  to give way :  collapse
:  to become submerged :  sink
:  to come to grief :  fail
transitive verb
:  to disable (an animal) especially by excessive feeding

Examples of FOUNDER

  1. Her career foundered, and she moved from job to job for several years.
  2. trying to save a foundering career

Origin of FOUNDER

Middle English foundren to fall to the ground, sink, from Anglo-French fondrer, alteration of fondre, from Latin fundere to pour, cast, disperse, lay low, slay — more at found
First Known Use: 14th century


noun foun·der

Definition of FOUNDER

:  laminitis

First Known Use of FOUNDER

circa 1547

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut


noun found·er

Definition of FOUNDER

:  one that founds metal; especially :  typefounder

Origin of FOUNDER

First Known Use: 15th century

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms

assay, bloom, bullion, ductile, ingot, malleable, patina, plate, temper, tensile


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