- a person who founds or establishes.
Origin of founder1
- (of a ship, boat, etc.) to fill with water and sink.
- to fall or sink down, as buildings, ground, etc.: Built on a former lake bed, the building has foundered nearly ten feet.
- to become wrecked; fail utterly: The project foundered because public support was lacking.
- to stumble, break down, or go lame, as a horse: His mount foundered on the rocky path.
- to become ill from overeating.
- Veterinary Pathology. (of a horse) to suffer from laminitis.
- to cause to fill with water and sink: Rough seas had foundered the ship in mid-ocean.
- Veterinary Pathology. to cause (a horse) to break down, go lame, or suffer from laminitis.
- Veterinary Pathology. laminitis.
Origin of founder2
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- a person who founds or casts metal, glass, etc.
Origin of founder3
Examples from the Web for founder
Since then, the app has gained over 165,000 users in more than 70 countries, according to its founder.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Check out a clip from this exclusive interview with SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace at the 2014 Savannah Film Festival.Who Is Joe Manganiello? Sofia Vergara’s Fiancé on the Value of Hard Work
The Daily Beast Video
December 29, 2014
Fulkerson, the founder of the magazine who has hired March, is someone he can cope with.The Novel That Foretold the TNR Meltdown
December 22, 2014
The founder of Pan Am, Juan Trippe, knew how business was done in the Caribbean.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
December 18, 2014
Tom Angell, founder of nonprofit Marijuana Majority, says the whole thing is a bit odd.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It
December 13, 2014
He was the founder of our family--though, of course, he oughtn't to have been.Viviette
William J. Locke
If we leave her alone, mayhap she will founder, and then how will the women be saved?Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
When vessels are about to founder, the rats are said to leave 'em.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
The sons of the founder were, like their father, distinguished for their mechanical ability.Self-Help
Filled with the idea that the ship was about to founder, Madden stared about.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- a person who establishes an institution, company, society, etc
- (of a ship) to sink
- to break down or failthe project foundered
- to sink into or become stuck in soft ground
- to fall in or give way; collapse
- (of a horse) to stumble or go lame
- archaic (of animals, esp livestock) to become ill from overeating
- vet science another name for laminitis
- a person who makes metal castings
- (in combination)an iron founder
Word Origin and History for founder
early 14c., from Old French fondrer "collapse; submerge, sink, fall to the bottom," from fond "bottom," from Latin fundus "bottom, foundation" (see fund (n.)). Related: Foundered; foundering.
"one who establishes, one who sets up or institutes something," mid-14c., from Anglo-French fundur, Old French fondeor, from Latin fundator, agent noun from fundare (see found (v.1)).
"one who casts metal," c.1400, agent noun from found (v.2).
- To stumble, especially to stumble and go lame. Used of horses.
- To become ill from overeating. Used of livestock.
- To be afflicted with laminitis. Used of horses.