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Dictionary definition for: Founder

1. (n) inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse

2. (v) fail utterly; collapse; "The project foundered"

3. (n) a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"

4. (v) sink below the surface

5. (n) a worker who makes metal castings

6. (v) 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"

7. (v) stumble and nearly fall; "the horses foundered"

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