founder 2[foun-der] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb (used without object)
- (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 .
verb (used with object)
- 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 founder 2 1300–50; Middle English foundren Middle French fondrer to plunge to the bottom, submerge Vulgar Latin *fundorāre, derivative of *fundor-, taken as stem of Latin fundus bottomRelated formsun·foun·dered, adjectiveun·foun·der·ing, adjectiveSynonyms for founder 3., , , , ; . Related Words for foundering , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Examples from the Web for foundering Contemporary Examples of foundering
Deshchytsia suggests the daylong Geneva talks came close to foundering.
April 19, 2014
Right at the epicenter of big time pop, music is foundering as a wealth enterprise.
December 26, 2013
Obama’s lawyers are foundering in explaining the legal rationale for his Libyan adventure.
June 29, 2011
The foundering Kraft buyout of Cadbury is the latest example of how corporate boards are costing us trillions.
David Zweig, John Gillespie
January 13, 2010
The GOP was foundering so badly, pundits talked in terms of “decades” of Democratic dominance.
November 24, 2009
Historical Examples of foundering
They ought to have left before, when we had that narrow squeak from foundering.
Written three days before the foundering of the Monitor off Hatteras, Dec. 31st 1862.
And isn’t Hodgson foundering my mare at this moment in chase of him?
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Had it fallen out, no human power could have prevented the ship from foundering.
If ye hang to the gunwale, is it my fault an ye be drowned in my foundering if I founder?’
Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for foundering founder 1 noun
- a person who establishes an institution, company, society, etc
Word Origin for founder C14: see found ² founder 2 verb (intr)
- (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
Word Origin for founder C13: from Old French fondrer to submerge, from Latin fundus bottom; see found ²usage Founder is sometimes wrongly used where flounder is meant: this unexpected turn of events left him floundering (not foundering) founder 3 noun
- a person who makes metal castings
- (in combination)an iron founder
Word Origin for founder C15: see found ³ Word Origin and History for foundering founder v.
early 14c., from Old French fondrer “collapse; submerge, sink, fall to the bottom,” from fond “bottom,” from Latin fundus “bottom, foundation” (see(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(v.1)).
“one who casts metal,” c.1400, agent noun from(v.2).
foundering in Medicine founder [foun′dər] v.
- 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.