Definitions for founderˈfaʊn dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

found•erˈfaʊn dər(n.)

  1. one who founds or establishes.

Origin of founder:


foun•derˈfaʊn dər(v.i.)

  1. to fill with water and sink:

    The ship foundered.

    Category: Navy

  2. to sink; subside.

  3. to become wrecked; fail utterly:

    The project foundered.

  4. (of a horse) to suffer from laminitis.

    Category: Veterinary Science

  5. (v.t.)to cause to suffer from laminitis.

    Category: Veterinary Science

  6. Category: Veterinary Science

    Ref: laminitis.

Origin of founder:

1300–50; ME < MF fondrer蠐 L fundus bottom

found•erˈfaʊn dər(n.)

  1. one who founds metal or type.

    Category: Metallurgy, Printing

Origin of founder:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. laminitis, founder(noun)

    inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse

  2. founder, beginner, founding father, father(noun)

    a person who founds or establishes some institution

    "George Washington is the father of his country"

  3. founder(verb)

    a worker who makes metal castings

  4. fall through, fall flat, founder, flop(verb)

    fail utterly; collapse

    "The project foundered"

  5. founder(verb)

    sink below the surface

  6. collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder(verb)

    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"

  7. founder(verb)

    stumble and nearly fall

    "the horses foundered"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. founder(noun)ˈfaʊn dər

    a creator of an organization or new activity

    He was a founder of the school.; a founder of the religious movement

Webster Dictionary

  1. Founder(noun)

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

  2. Founder(noun)

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

  3. Founder(verb)

    to become filled with water, and sink, as a ship

  4. Founder(verb)

    to fall; to stumble and go lame, as a horse

  5. Founder(verb)

    to fail; to miscarry

  6. Founder(verb)

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

  7. Founder(noun)

    a lameness in the foot of a horse, occasioned by inflammation; closh

  8. Founder(noun)

    an inflammatory fever of the body, or acute rheumatism; as, chest founder. See Chest ffounder


  1. Founder

    A founder is a person involved in the creation of an organization. Many times the organization is a business, although sometimes it is a non-profit, or even a religious organization.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'founder' in Nouns Frequency: #2213

Translations for founder

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who founds a school, college, organization etc

We commemorate the founder of the school.

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