founder

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (file)

Noun[change]

Singular
founder

Plural
founders

  1. A person who founds and establishes; a person who lays a foundation; an author; a person who starts something.
  2. An iron worker who runs a blast furnace and the smelting process.

Verb[change]

Plain form
founder

Third-person singular
founders

Past tense
foundered

Past participle
foundered

Present participle
foundering

  1. To fill something with water and sink it.
  2. To fall or stumble.
  3. To fail; to miscarry.

Usage notes[change]

Founder is often confused with flounder. Both words may be used in the same situation. A person who is floundering (struggling to keep his place), may then later founder (fall or fail).