• WordNet 3.6
    • v founder stumble and nearly fall "the horses foundered"
    • v founder 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"
    • v founder sink below the surface
    • v founder fail utterly; collapse "The project foundered"
    • n founder a person who founds or establishes some institution "George Washington is the father of his country"
    • n founder a worker who makes metal castings
    • n founder inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Avery Laser Labels are named after company founder R. Stanton Avery
    • n Founder (Far) A lameness in the foot of a horse, occasioned by inflammation; closh.
    • n Founder One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a foundation; an author; one from whom anything originates; one who endows.
    • n Founder One who founds; one who casts metals in various forms; a caster; as, a founder of cannon, bells, hardware, or types.
    • Founder (Naut) To become filled with water, and sink, as a ship.
    • v. t Founder To cause internal inflammation and soreness in the feet or limbs of (a horse), so as to disable or lame him.
    • Founder To fail; to miscarry. "All his tricks founder ."
    • Founder To fall; to stumble and go lame, as a horse. "For which his horse fearé gan to turn,
      And leep aside, and foundrede as he leep."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Bank of America was originally called the Bank of Italy until the founder, Amedeo Giannini, changed the name in 1930
    • n founder One who founds or establishes. One who lays a foundation or begins to build: as, the founder of a temple or a city.
    • n founder An originator; one from whom anything derives its beginning; an author: as, the founder of a sect of philosophers; the founder of a family.
    • n founder One who establishes by endowment; one who provides a permanent fund for any purpose: as, the founder of a college or hospital.
    • n founder A creator; a maker.
    • n founder One who founds metals, or articles of metal or glass (the material of which is called metal); a caster: as, a founder of cannon, bells, printing-types, etc.
    • founder Nautical, to fill or become filled and sink, as a ship.
    • founder Hence To fail; miscarry.
    • founder To trip; stumble; go lame, as a horse.
    • founder Naut., to cause to fill and sink, as a ship.
    • founder To cause internal inflammation in the feet of, as a horse, so as to disable or lame him.
    • n founder In farriery, lameness caused by inflammation within the hoof of a horse; laminitis. Also called closh.
    • founder In golf, to drive the ball into the ground by turning in the face of the club when striking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, once pinned an opponent using only a single finger
    • Founder one who founds, establishes, or originates: an endower:—fem. Found′ress
    • ns Founder one who melts and casts metal, as a brassfounder
    • v.i Founder fownd′ėr to go to the bottom: to fill with water and sink
    • v.t Founder to cause to sink: to disable by injuring the feet (of a horse)
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  • Daniel Webster
    “When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.”
  • Basil Bunting
    Basil Bunting
    “But their determination to banish fools foundered ultimately in the installation of absolute idiots.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. fondrer, to fall in, cf. F. s'effondrer, fr. fond, bottom, L. fundus,. See Found to establish


In literature:

They would struggle on to the fulfilment of the founder's vision.
"McGill and its Story, 1821-1921" by Cyrus Macmillan
Since the death of its founder, the Arbuckle copy has been changed to fit modern conditions.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The leading founders of Hanover were of the highly respectable Freeman family, of Mansfield, Conn.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
The founder, both of the priory and of the hospital, was one Rahere, of whom but little is certainly known.
"Memorials of Old London" by Various
In 1894 the Invalids' Home (now the Mary Brown Home, in honor of its founder) was incorporated.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Taoism looks to Lao-tsze as its founder; but it has no personal founder and is composed of older elements.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
He has been dead just two centuries, now, this ignorant man from the Middle West, this Founder.
"The Skull" by Philip K. Dick
An intrepid pioneer and the revered founder of New France.
"The Founder of New France" by Charles W. Colby
The man who thus became the founder of this remarkable institution was in many ways a most extraordinary person.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
The Goelet brothers were among the founders of this bank.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus

In poetry:

Is 't fancy that he watches still
His Providence plantations?
That still the careful Founder takes
A part on these occasions.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Let's, the Messiah, go and see,
The Founder of Christianity,
Our Saviour, glory, grace, and rest,
Now sucking at his mother's breast!
"Let Us Go To Bethlehem " by Rees Prichard
On this black and fearful night,
She dare not venture out to sea
Lest on some rock or reef she might,
At early dawn, all foundered be.
"Descriptive Voyage From New York To Aspinwall" by James Madison Bell
And ere the angel of the sword
Drove thence the founders of our race,
They knelt before him, and implor'd
Some relic of that radiant place:
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Where she foundered! One stroke
Felled and furled them, the hearts of oak!
And flockbells off the aerial
Downs' forefalls beat to the burial.
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Once on the raging seas I rode,
The storm was loud,—the night was dark,
The ocean yawn'd—and rudely blow'd
The wind that toss'd my foundering bark.
"The Star Of Bethlehem" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Blackboard 's departing founder, an opportunist who made his own luck.
Blackboard CEO Michael Chasen last of founders to depart firm.
Nike chairman and co-founder Phil Knight says Tiger Woods' extramarital affairs won't hurt his career in the long run.
Larry Bloch , Founder of New York's Wetlands Preserve Club, Dies at 59.
Bloch , a co-founder of H&R Block and a champion of cancer patients, died early yesterday at his home in Kansas City, Mo.
Block House founder, Carter Brown, 'put Tryon on the map.
TechShop founder Jim Newton created the tool-jammed workshop of his dreams.
Pihltraed inherited the president's position from Blueair founder and owner Bengt Rittri.
But the founder and CEO of the social-networking giant has spent the last 18 months methodically preparing Facebook to look and act more like a blue-chip business.
As Facebook readies for a 2012 IPO, its founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants his company to look and act more like a blue-chip business.
The founder of online jeweler Blue Nile Inc has joined the board of The Home Depot Inc, the retail chain said today.
The Home Depot said Friday it has named Mark Vadon, co-founder of online jeweler Blue Nile , to its board of directors.
Blue Nile Founder's Next Category Killer.
Edey & Duff founder helped build classics such as the Stone Horse.
California winemaker and founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard, Randall Grahm, discusses the state of wine today.

In science:

Nevertheless, as the founder of causal theory of time , the contribution of Alfred Robb in relativity deserves to be considered as important as achievements of Einstein and Minkowski.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
It can be encoded starting with the founder at 0.
Duality for spatially interacting Fleming-Viot processes with mutation and selection
Note that the founder position 0 never migrates.
Duality for spatially interacting Fleming-Viot processes with mutation and selection
Levi-Civita is best known for his work on the absolute differential calculus and because he was the founder with Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro of the sub ject now known as tensor analysis.
A Translation of the T. Levi-Civita paper: Interpretazione Gruppale degli Integrali di un Sistema Canonico Rend. Acc. Lincei, s. 3^a, vol. VII, 2^o sem. 1899, pp. 235--238
The primary focus of this three-telescope facility is to probe the sub-day phase space (see Figure 2). I propose to name this as the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) after the founder of our field.
Cosmic Explosions (Optical Transients)