To founder is defined as to fall or fail.(verb)
An example of founder is to fall down when drunk.
Founder means when a ship fills with water and sinks.(verb)
An example of founder is when a ship sinks in a storm.
The definition of a founder is the person who discovers or establishes something.(noun)
An example of a founder is the person who creates a business.
A founder is defined as a person who creates things in metal or glass.(noun)
An example of a founder is a glass blower.
See founder in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME foundren < OFr fondrer, to fall in, sink < fond, bottom < L fundus, bottom: see found
Origin: < founderthe ,
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verb foun·dered, foun·der·ing, foun·ders verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English foundren, to sink to the ground
Origin: , from Old French fondrer
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *funderāre
Origin: , from *fundus, *funder-, bottom
Origin: , from Latin fundus, fund-. Usage Note: The verbs founder and flounder are often confused. Founder comes from a Latin word meaning “bottom” (as in foundation) and originally referred to knocking enemies down; it is now also used to mean “to fail utterly, collapse.” Flounder means “to move clumsily, thrash about,” and hence “to proceed in confusion.” If John is foundering in Chemistry 1, he had better drop the course; if he is floundering, he may yet pull through.
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