|1.||[ noun ] (work) a person who founds or establishes some institution|
|Synonyms:||founding_father father beginner|
"George Washington is the father of his country"
|Related terms:||originator cofounder foundress colonizer begin|
|2.||[ noun ] (medicine) inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse|
|3.||[ verb ] stumble and nearly fall; of horses|
|4.||[ verb ] break down, literally or metaphorically|
|Synonyms:||collapse fall_in cave_in give_way give break|
"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"
|Related terms:||change flop buckle slump break implode abandon collapse cave_in|
|5.||[ verb ] sink below the surface|
|Related terms:||sink foundering|
|6.||[ verb ] fail utterly; collapse|
|Synonyms:||fall_flat flop fall_through|
"The project foundered"
|Related terms:||fail flop|
|7.||[ noun ] (work) a worker who makes metal castings|
|Related terms:||skilled_worker bell_founder|