What does Founder mean?

Definitions for Founder
ˈfaʊn dərfounder

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. laminitis, foundernoun

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

  2. founder, beginner, founding father, fathernoun

    a person who founds or establishes some institution

    "George Washington is the father of his country"

  3. founderverb

    a worker who makes metal castings

  4. fall through, fall flat, founder, flopverb

    fail utterly; collapse

    "The project foundered"

  5. founderverb

    sink below the surface

  6. collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founderverb

    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. founderverb

    stumble and nearly fall

    "the horses foundered"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Foundernoun

    Etymology: from found.

    Of famous cities we the founders know;
    But rivers, old as seas to which they go,
    Are nature’s bounty: ’tis of more renown
    To make a river than to build a town. Edmund Waller.

    Nor was Prœneste’s founder wanting there,
    Whom fame reports the son of Mulciber;
    Found in the fire, and foster’d in the plains;
    A shepherd and a king at once he reigns. John Dryden, Æn.

    The wanting orphans saw with wat’ry eyes
    Their founders charity in the dust laid low. Dryden.

    This hath been experimentally proved beyond contradiction, by the honourable founder of this lecture in his treatise of the air. Richard Bentley.

    And the rude notions of pedantick schools
    Blaspheme the sacred founder of our rules. Wentworth Dillon.

    When Jove, who saw from high, with just disdain,
    The dead inspir’d with vital breath again,
    Struck to the center with his flaming dart
    Th’ unhappy founder of the godlike art. John Dryden, Æn.

    King James I. the founder of the Stuart race, had he not confined all his views to the peace of his own reign, his son had not been involved in such fatal troubles. Joseph Addison, Freehold.

    Nor can the skilful herald trace
    The founder of thy ancient race. Jonathan Swift.

    Founders add a little antimony to their bell-metal, to make it more sonorous; and so pewterers to their pewter, to make it sound more clear like silver. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

  2. To Founderverb

    To cause such a soreness and tenderness in a horse’s foot, that he is unable to set it to the ground.

    Etymology: fondre, French.

    Phœbus’ steeds are founder’d,
    Or night kept chain’d below. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    I have foundered nine score and odd posts; and here, travel-tainted as I am, have, in my pure and immaculate valour, taken Sir John Colevile of the Dale, a most furious knight: but what of that? he saw me and yielded. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Thy stumbling founder’d jade can trot as high
    As any other Pegasus can fly;
    So the dull eel moves nimbler in the mud,
    Than all the swift-finn’d racers of the flood. Dorset.

    Brutes find out where their talents lie:
    A bear will not attempt to fly;
    A founder’d horse will oft debate,
    Before he tries a five-barr’d gate. Jonathan Swift.

    If you find a gentleman fond of your horse, persuade your master to sell him, because he is vicious, and foundered into the bargain. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Groom.

    Men of discretion, whom people in power may with little ceremony load as heavy as they please, drive them through the hardest and deepest roads, without danger of foundering or breaking their backs, and will be sure to find them neither resty nor vicious. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Founderverb

    Etymology: from fond, French, the bottom.

    New ships, built at those rates, have been ready to founder in the seas with every extraordinary storm. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    In this point
    All his tricks founder; and he brings his physick
    After his patient’s death. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foundernoun

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

  2. Foundernoun

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

  3. Founderverb

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

  4. Founderverb

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

  5. Founderverb

    to fail; to miscarry

  6. Founderverb

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

  7. Foundernoun

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

  8. Foundernoun

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

  9. Etymology: [OF. fondrer to fall in, cf. F. s'effondrer, fr. fond bottom, L. fundus. See Found to establish.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Founder

    fownd′ėr, v.i. to go to the bottom: to fill with water and sink.—v.t. to cause to sink: to disable by injuring the feet (of a horse).—adj. Found′erous, causing to founder. [O. Fr. fondrer, to fall in, fond, bottom—L. fundus, bottom.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. founder

    The fall of portions of cliff, as along the coasts of Hampshire and Dorsetshire, occasioned by land-springs.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. founder

    A person who casts cannon, etc.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Founder in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Founder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Founder in a Sentence

  1. Hossein Kazempour Ardebili:

    You cannot place sanctions on two OPEC founder members and still blame OPEC for oil price volatility.

  2. Libby Armintrout:

    It’s obvious that the Facebook CEO shares this high regard for his mom. During the town hall meeting with the prime minister of India in 2015, one of the topics he asked the prime minister about was about his mother. And it turns out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did n’t look too far from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mom in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg choice of spouse, whom Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg married in 2012. Like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mother, wife Priscilla Chan is an understated physician who shuns the spotlight. Related : From Under the Hoodie : 5 Entrepreneurial Lessons From Mark Zuckerberg When talking about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mother, Microsoft founder Mary Maxell Gates, currently the richest man in the world, with an estimated worth $ 76.7 billion, has often spoken about a letter she wrote to his then-fianc Melinda the day before their wedding. From those to whom much is given, much is expected, her letter read. Mary Maxell Gates, a long-time philanthropist, died six months later at the age of 64 of breast cancer. Mary Maxell Gates kept Mary Maxell Gates mother’s letter, and Mary Maxell Gates swift foray into the world of philanthropy, establishing The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation with the help of Mary Maxell Gates father, Bill Sr., has been due to the influence of Mary Maxell Gates mother, a formidable business mind in her own right. Mary was a top student at her high school and in college, where she met her husband, a lawyer. They had three children. She threw herself into volunteering and served on the boards of numerous prominent organizations, including the United Way, where she first served as the county chair and, later, the first female national chair. She convinced her son, who was CEO of Microsoft at the time, to start the Employees Giving Campaign at Microsoft to benefit the United Way and other charities. ( He later join the board.) The considerable list of boards she served on is impressive, and when she was appointed to the board of regents of University of Washington in 1975, she spearheaded the move to divest the university’s holding in apartheid South Africa. According to her daughter, Libby Armintrout, Libby Armintrout was an extremely engaged parent and had high expectations of all Libby Armintrout children. Not just grades and that sort of thing, but how we behaved in public, how we would be socially.

  3. Rabbi Cooper:

    Whoopi Goldberg knows our center. She knows Rabbi Marvin Hier, our CEO and founder, we're not dealing with someone here who spoke in order to hurt anyone in our community. But what she said obviously is extremely confusing to people and in many ways hurtful.

  4. Duncan Clark:

    It doesn't really matter what Jack Ma title is, Jack Ma'll always have that founder street cred within the company and the market.

  5. Richard Branson:

    You've got to remember that Virgin Galactic has people on every spaceflight... The fact that I'm willing to fly with those people shows confidence, i think the least the founder of the company can do is go up there and fly with his people.

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  • مؤسسArabic
  • леяр, основател, провалям се, потапям, потопявам, претърпявам неуспех, окуцявам, препъвам се, учредителBulgarian
  • প্রতিষ্ঠাতাBengali
  • fonedorCatalan, Valencian
  • zakladatelCzech
  • grundlæggerDanish
  • sinken, scheitern, Gründerin, GründerGerman
  • ιδρυτής, θεμελιωτής, καταρρέω, βουλιάζω, βυθίζομαι, ναυαγώ, χύτης, γκρεμίζομαι, καταποντίζομαιGreek
  • fondintoEsperanto
  • fracasar, hundir, fundador, zozobrarSpanish
  • asutajaEstonian
  • بنیانگذارPersian
  • perustajaFinnish
  • fondatrice, couler, fondeur, fondateur, sombrerFrench
  • neach-stèidheachaidhScottish Gaelic
  • alapítóHungarian
  • fondatoreItalian
  • 建設者, 創設者, 創立者Japanese
  • نوێنه‌رKurdish
  • fundātor, creātor, conditorLatin
  • GrënnerLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • grunnleggerNorwegian
  • oprichter, zinken, grondlegger, kelderen, stichterDutch
  • grunnleggar, grunnleggjarNorwegian Nynorsk
  • grunnleggerenNorwegian
  • założyciel, fundatorPolish
  • fundador, afundar, afundir, tropeçar, fracassar, falhar, fundidorPortuguese
  • întemeietor, fondatorRomanian
  • учредитель, найдёныш, учредительница, основатель, плавильщик, литейщик, основательницаRussian
  • grundare, kantraSwedish
  • 創辦人Chinese

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    an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
    • A. jab
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