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[foun-der] /ˈfaʊn dər/
verb (used without object)
1.
(of a ship, boat, etc.) to fill with water and sink.
2.
to fall or sink down, as buildings, ground, etc.:
Built on a former lake bed, the building has foundered nearly ten feet.
3.
to become wrecked; fail utterly:
The project foundered because public support was lacking.
4.
to stumble, break down, or go lame, as a horse:
His mount foundered on the rocky path.
5.
to become ill from overeating.
6.
Veterinary Pathology. (of a horse) to suffer from laminitis.
verb (used with object)
7.
to cause to fill with water and sink:
Rough seas had foundered the ship in mid-ocean.
8.
Veterinary Pathology. to cause (a horse) to break down, go lame, or suffer from laminitis.
noun
9.
Veterinary Pathology, laminitis.
Origin
1300-1350
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 bottom
Related forms
unfoundered, adjective
unfoundering, adjective
Synonyms
3. collapse, perish, succumb, topple, sink; flop.
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Examples from the web for foundered
  • None of the hatch covers remain, suggesting they were not reliably secured and they washed away as the vessel foundered.
  • Had it been carried out with a fairer regard for economy it might have escaped the rock on which it foundered.
  • Yet negotiations over new gas contracts have foundered.
  • But several attempts at tax reform over the past decade have foundered in the face of entrenched political resistance.
  • Most attempts at addressing these questions have foundered because such information is not available.
  • But the model foundered as prosperity trickled downward through society.
  • In its absence, the long-term investment required to alleviate inflationary pressures has foundered.
  • More than one marriage has foundered on the rocks of the vaccine debate.
  • Artists for centuries have foundered on great themes that exceeded their grasps.
  • But the whole thing has pretty well foundered long before the explosions are touched off.
British Dictionary definitions for foundered

founder1

/ˈfaʊndə/
noun
1.
a person who establishes an institution, company, society, etc
Word Origin
C14: see found²

founder2

/ˈfaʊndə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of a ship) to sink
2.
to break down or fail: the project foundered
3.
to sink into or become stuck in soft ground
4.
to fall in or give way; collapse
5.
(of a horse) to stumble or go lame
6.
(archaic) (of animals, esp livestock) to become ill from overeating
noun
7.
(vet science) another name for laminitis
Usage note
Founder is sometimes wrongly used where flounder is meant: this unexpected turn of events left him floundering (not foundering)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French fondrer to submerge, from Latin fundus bottom; see found²

founder3

/ˈfaʊndə/
noun
1.
  1. a person who makes metal castings
  2. (in combination): an iron founder
Word Origin
C15: see found³
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Word Origin and History for foundered

founder

v.

early 14c., from Old French fondrer "collapse; submerge, sink, fall to the bottom," from fond "bottom," from Latin fundus "bottom, foundation" (see fund (n.)). Related: Foundered; foundering.

n.

"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 found (v.1)).

"one who casts metal," c.1400, agent noun from found (v.2).

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foundered in Medicine

founder foun·der (foun'dər)
v. foun·dered, foun·der·ing, foun·ders

  1. To stumble, especially to stumble and go lame. Used of horses.

  2. To become ill from overeating. Used of livestock.

  3. To be afflicted with laminitis. Used of horses.

n.
See laminitis.
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