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founder (sink)

Definition:

to sink below the surface

Class:

motion verb (walking, flying, swimming, etc.)

Related to:

foundering

Past tense:

foundered

Present participle:

foundering

3rd-person singular present:

founders

Type of:

sink » descend » travel

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"founder (verb)": from Old French fondrer "collapse; submerge, sink, ... |...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of founder...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

founder | laminitis [sense-specific] | collapse [synonym, sense-specific]

a person who establishes an institution, company, society, etc | (of a ship) to sink | to break down or fail | to sink into or become stuck in soft ... (27 of 668 words, 10 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/foundered

Oxford Dictionary:

founder [entry 1]

a person who manufactures articles of cast metal; the owner or operator of a foundry Do not confuse flounder with founder. Flounder means 'stagger ... (24 of 98 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/founder

founder [entry 2]

a person who establishes an institution or settlement | [zoology] : an animal, especially a fertilized female insect, that founds a new colony. Do not ... (24 of 100 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/founder--2

founder [entry 3]

[intransitive, with adverbial] : [ships] fill with water and sink | (of a plan or undertaking) fail or break down as a result of a particular problem ... (26 of 229 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/founder--3

American Heritage Dictionary:

founder | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle] | founders [3rd-person singular present]

To sink below the surface of the water | To cave in; sink | To fail utterly; collapse | To stumble, especially to stumble and go lame. Used of horses. ... (27 of 201 words, 9 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/founder

Columbia Encyclopedia:

laminitis | founder

also called founder, inflammation of the lamina, the innermost layer of the hoof wall in horses, ponies, and donkeys. Although the condition usually ... (23 of 198 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0828712​.html

Wikipedia:

Founder [disambiguation] | Founders

may refer to: Entrepreneur, the starter of a private or public company | Philanthropist, the starter of a charity | Founding Fathers - see list of national founders | Founder, a metallurgist who operates a foundry | Founder, a hoof ailment caused by ... (39 of 198 words, 15 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Founder

Merriam-Webster:

laminitis | founder

inflammation of the laminae especially in the hoof of a horse (11 of 27 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/laminitis

founder [entry 1, noun]

one that founds or establishes (5 of 18 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/founder

founder [entry 2, verb] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle] | collapse [synonym, sense-specific] | sink [synonym, sense-specific] | fail [synonym, sense-specific] | bomb [synonym, sense-specific] | crater [synonym, sense-specific] | flame out [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to become disabled ; especially, to go lame | to give way; "collapse" | to become submerged; "sink" | to come to grief; "fail" | to disable (an ... (24 of 168 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/founder show=1

founder [entry 4, noun] | typefounder [synonym]

one that founds metal ; especially, "typefounder" (7 of 20 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/founder show=3

Wiktionary:

founder | founders [plural] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle] | foundress [females] | foundresses [females, plural]

One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a foundation; an author; one from whom something originates; one who endows. | [genetics] Someone for whose parents one has no data. | The iron worker in charge of the blast furnace and the smelting... (42 of 159 words, 8 definitions, 3 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/founder

Random House Dictionary:

founder | laminitis [veterinary pathology, synonym, sense-specific]

a person who founds or establishes. | "founder" : (of a ship, boat, etc.) to fill with water and sink. | to fall or sink down, as buildings, ground, ... (27 of 146 words, 11 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/founder

New World Dictionary:

founder

to stumble, fall, or go lame | to become stuck as in soft ground; bog down | to fill with water, as during a storm, and sink: said of a ship or boat | ... (31 of 99 words, 10 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/founder

Macmillan British Dictionary:

founder [intransitive, verb] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle] | founders [3rd-person singular present]

to begin to fail | if a ship or boat founders, it becomes full of water and sinks (17 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/founder 6

founder [countable] | founders [plural]

someone who starts a school, organization, business, or community (9 of 45 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/founder

Cambridge Dictionary:

founder [entry 1]

someone who establishes an organization (5 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/founder 1

founder [entry 2]

(especially of a boat) to fill with water and sink | to be unsuccessful (13 of 50 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/founder 2

Britannica Encyclopedia:

settle [furniture]

long wooden bench with backrest and arms, designed to seat several people. Originating in Europe in the 10th century, it was apparently derived from ... (24 of 245 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/536308​/settle

Encarta Dictionary:

founder [entry 1] | founders [plural]

somebody who establishes an institution, business, or organization (8 of 25 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861673404​/definition​.html  [offline]

founder [entry 2] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle] | founders [3rd-person singular present]

to fail (refers to an undertaking) | to become filled with water and sink (refers to a ship) | to give way and fall to the ground | to stumble and ... (28 of 134 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613180​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

founder

First use: early 14th century

Origin: "founder (verb)": from Old French fondrer "collapse; submerge, sink, ... | "founder (Noun1)": "one who establishes, one who sets up or institutes ... (24 of 70 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=founder

Wiktionary:

founder | founders [plural] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle]

Origin: Old French fondeur, from Latin fundātor. | Middle French fondeur, from Latin fundo ("pour, melt, cast") | Middle French fondrer ("send to the bottom"), from Latin fundus ("bottom")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/founder

American Heritage Dictionary:

founder | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle] | founders [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English foundren, to sink to the ground, from Old French fondrer, from Vulgar Latin *funderāre, from ... (17 of 24 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/founder

Collins Dictionary:

founder

First use: 14th century | 13th century | 15th century

Origin: see found2 | from Old French fondrer to submerge, from Latin fundus bottom; see found2 | see found3

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/founder

New World Dictionary:

founder

Origin: Middle English foundren from Old French fondrer, to fall in, sink from fond, bottom from Latin fundus, bottom: see "found" | "founder"the

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/founder

Oxford Dictionary:

founder [entry 1]

Origin: Middle English: probably from Old French fondeur, from fondre (see "found3")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/founder

founder [entry 3]

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "knock to the ground"): from Old French fondrer, esfondrer "submerge, collapse", based on Latin fundus "bottom, base"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/founder--3

Merriam-Webster:

founder [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: found

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/founder

founder [entry 2, verb] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English foundren to fall to the ground, sink, from Anglo-French fondrer, alteration of fondre, from Latin fundere ... (20 of 27 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/founder show=1

founder [entry 4, noun]

First use: 15th century

Origin: found

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found [entry 4, verb]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French funder, fonder, from Latin fundare, from fundus bottom

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/found show=3

found [entry 5, verb]

First use: 1562

Origin: Middle French fondre to pour, melt, from Latin fundere; akin to Old English gēotan to pour, Greek chein

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/found show=4

Encarta Dictionary:

founder [entry 1] | founded [past tense] | founding [present participle] | founds [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French fonder from Latin fundare from fundus "bottom, base"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861673404​/definition​.html  [offline]

founder [entry 2] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle] | founders [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French fondrer "send or sink to the bottom, fall in ruins" from Latin fundus "bottom"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613180​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

founder | founders [plural] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "founder"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/founder

Collins Dictionary:

founder

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "founder"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/founder

Macmillan British Dictionary:

founder [intransitive, verb] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle] | founders [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "founder"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/founder 6

founder [countable] | founders [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "founder"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/founder

Cambridge Dictionary:

founder [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "founder"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "founder"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/founder 2

Macmillan American Dictionary:

founder [intransitive, verb] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle] | founders [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "founder"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/founder 6

founder [countable] | founders [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "founder"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/founder

the Free Dictionary:

founder

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "founder"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "founder"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "founder" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/founder

Google Dictionary:

founder | founders [plural] | foundered [past tense] | foundering [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "founder"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=founder

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

founder

Audio: North American pronunciation of "founder"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=founde​01 word=founder

YourDictionary Audio:

founder

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "founder" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/founder

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