/fown"deuhr/, n.
a person who founds or establishes.
[1275-1325; ME; see FOUND2, -ER1]
/fown"deuhr/, v.i.
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. Vet. Pathol. (of a horse) to suffer from laminitis.
7. to cause to fill with water and sink: Rough seas had foundered the ship in mid-ocean.
8. Vet. Pathol. to cause (a horse) to break down, go lame, or suffer from laminitis.
9. Vet. Pathol. laminitis.
[1300-50; ME foundren < MF fondrer to plunge to the bottom, submerge < VL *fundorare, deriv. of *fundor-, taken as s. of L fundus bottom]
Syn. 3. collapse, perish, succumb, topple, sink; flop.
/fown"deuhr/, n.
a person who founds or casts metal, glass, etc.
[1175-1225; ME; see FOUND3, -ER1]

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